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.

They were very gentle with my mouth.

, Patient
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

Before and After: Crossbite of a Front Tooth

In this before and after, you are going to see how to fix a crossbite of a single front tooth. The pictures below are from one of our actual patients with an anterior crossbite. A crossbite is an orthodontic term for when a top tooth improperly bites behind a bottom tooth. A single tooth crossbite […]

Braces Breakers Candy Count December 2012

This month’s Braces Breakers Candy Count is here! You may be asking “why is there popcorn in the candy jar?” Well, popcorn isn’t candy – but it is a snack that break your braces. Popcorn kernels are hard and they can smash braces off of teeth. Usually the braces in the back are the first […]

November 2012 Braces Breakers Candy Count

Guess the number of rollos in the jar to win a prize! Rollos are squishy – be careful when you chew them because they might break you braces. If your braces break, be sure to call us right away at (610) 865-4333.

October 2012 Braces Breakers Candy Count

Guess the number of candy corns in the pumpkin to win a prize! Comment below or on Viechnicki Orthodontic’s Facebook page. Candy corn breaks braces because they squish around the brackets and wires when you chew. When you go to open your mouth, the sticky squishy candy corn can weaken the brackets and bend the […]

July 2012 Braces Breakers Candy Count

White Spots and Braces

What are White Spots? What causes White Spots? How to Prevent White Spots Special Techniques for Oral Hygiene Sonicare toothbrush Pre-threaded flossers Plaque-disclosing tablets Positive motivation Prescription-Strength Fluoride Fluoride toothpaste Fluoride mouthrinse Fluoride gels Fluoride varnish CPP-ACP How to Treat White Spots Remineralize CPP-ACP Microabrasion Restore Resin infiltration Composite bonding Porcelain veneers Summary White spots […]