Gentle Braces for Great Smiles

Braces in Bethlehem PA and Kutztown PA

Braces make the biggest smiles better

Braces straighten crooked teeth.

Straight teeth look better, work better and last longer.

And braces do more. Braces help children find confidence in their smiles. The type of confidence they need to succeed throughout their lives.

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They were very gentle with my mouth.

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5 / 5 stars for Viechnicki Orthodontics

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Braces FAQ

What is the best age for a consultation?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic consultation at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth should have erupted.

Beginning at age 7, Dr. Viechnicki evaluates:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sucking the thumb or fingers, or other oral habits
  • Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
  • Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed
  • Speech difficulty
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
  • Facial imbalance or asymmetry (features out of proportion to the rest of the face)
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Inability to comfortably close lips

How long does it take to straighten teeth with braces?

Braces start to straighten teeth right away. Usually, teeth start to look straighter within 2 months. When braces are placed by an orthodontist, the front teeth are usually straight within 6 months.

Braces are usually on for a total of 2 years because they do more than just straighten teeth.

How much do braces cost?

The cost of braces at Viechnicki Orthodontics is affordable and competitive. At our office, getting braces for multiple members of the family is easy.

Years of clinical experience have shown that every smile is unique and deserves a personalized plan. Since each smile is special, we ask that you schedule an appointment to answer your question, “how much do braces cost?”

Call (610) 865-4333 to schedule a consultation in Bethlehem, PA or Kutztown, PA.

What types of braces do you use?

Parents bring their children to us because of our expertise in braces for teeth. We can help straighten teeth with a variety of comfortable braces:

  • Clear braces
  • Colorful braces
  • Damon braces

Do braces hurt?

Old-fashioned braces used to hurt patients.

Fortunately, we use modern braces that are much more comfortable. It is common to have slight discomfort when chewing for the first few days.

The feeling you get as your teeth start to move is related to the biology of how a tooth moves.

Dr. Bryon Viechnicki teaches a 12-part postdoctoral course on the Biology of Tooth Movement. He uses his knowledge to make braces comfortable and safe for our patients.

Can I eat with braces?

Yes! And you won't be stuck eating soup for 2 years.

During the first few days of braces, we recommend softer foods because they are more comfortable to eat.

After the initial discomfort passes, you can eat almost anything you want. We recommend that you cut your food thoroughly and chew gently.

Some of our patients have found that hard, sticky and chewy foods are more likely to break their braces. Hard foods, like peanuts, can snap braces off of teeth. Sticky and chewy foods, like caramel, can get stuck and pull braces off of teeth.

Braces patients avoid hard, sticky and chewy foods because they don't want to break their braces.

Can I play sports if I have braces?

Of course! We recommend wearing a mouthguard for sports like football, baseball, basketball and soccer.

Some sports are tough on braces. There is a chance that braces will break if you get hit in the face during boxing or contact karate.

Is there an alternative to braces?

Yes, Invisalign is a great alternative to braces for adults. Invisalign is a series of clear plastic aligners that gradually straighten your teeth over time.

Where can I get braces?

Lehigh Valley families can get braces in our Bethlehem orthodontic office. Our Downtown Bethlehem location is convenient for families in Bethlehem, Hellertown, Saucon Valley, and Whitehall.

Viechnicki Orthodontics Bethlehem
122 E Broad St
BethlehemPA 18018
(610) 865-4333

Berks County families can get braces put on by our orthodontists in Kutztown by visiting our Berks orthodontic office. Our convenient office just off Main St. is a convenient place to get braces for families in Kutztown, Fleetwood and Macungie.

Viechnicki Orthodontics Kutztown
10 Herring Aly
Kutztown, PA 19530
(610) 683-8288

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How about some Floss?

Let’s face it… flossing with braces can be DIFFICULT! So many steps: There’s the package of threaders that must be looped with floss the tedious task of guiding the pointer behind your arch wire the separating of floss from threader and then… finally you can floss! But wait, that was just for one tooth! … […]

Manual vs. Powered Toothbrush

Which is better? A Manual or Powered toothbrush? Dr. Viechnicki wants to you know the answer is, BOTH. Manual toothbrushes are just as good as the powered one when it comes to proper oral hygiene! It’s how you use them, that equals out this conflict. Dr. Viechnicki supplies you with BOTH a manual and the powered SONICARE toothbrush! […]

Invisalign vs. Clear Braces

Dr. Bryon Viechnicki talks to a group of Lehigh Valley dental professionals about the differences between Invisalign and clear braces. Watch below to learn about how adults can get straight teeth and confidence in their smiles. Invisalign-vs-clear-braces Do you still have unanswered questions? Ask them in the comment section below!

The Doctors Are Always Gentle

James M. in Allentown, PA on October 7, 2013 5 / 5 stars for Viechnicki Orthodontics Bethlehem I like all the hard work everyone put in. All the girls here are so nice and the doctors are always gentle. (Viechnicki Rocks :))

April 2013 Braces Breakers Candy Count

The April 2013 candy count is here! Comment below to guess the number of gumballs in the jar. P.S. Gumballs are hard, chewy and sticky – the braces breaking trifecta! Gumballs can knock braces off teeth when you bite down. And they can pull braces off teeth when you open.

March 2013 Braces Breakers Candy Count

Have you heard? It’s time to share this month’s candy count! Guess the number of peanut M&Ms in the jar and win the March 2013 braces breakers candy count. Share your guess in the comments below! Braces patients know that there is a chance that they will break their braces by chewing candies that contain […]

February 2013 Braces Breakers Candy Count

The February candy count is here! This month’s Braces Breakers Candy Count is licorice. Twizzlers are known for their braces-breaking potential. When braces patients bite together, the red licorice clumps and binds around the wire and brackets. This is a dangerous scenario when you start to open. Don’t be surprised if you here some clicks […]

Before and After: Spaces Between Teeth

In this before and after, you are going to see how braces close gaps between teeth. The pictures below are from one of Dr. Viechnicki’s actual patients with spaces between her upper and lower teeth. Problems with spaces Problems happen when teeth don’t line up just right. The two most common problems caused by having […]

January 2013 Braces Breakers Candy Count

The first Braces Breakers Candy Count of 2013 is here! Just like actual bears, gummy bears are cute, but devastating. Gummy bears are a sticky candy that can pull braces off teeth. Even if braces don’t come off while chewing on these gelatinous bears, there is a good chance that the braces will get weakened. […]