While there are many forms of orthodontic treatment, traditional braces remain a reliable, time-tested option for straightening crooked teeth and correcting misaligned bites. Both children and adults can benefit from using metal brackets and wires to attain straighter smiles that are easier to clean and allow for improved speech and chewing. At Grand Dental – Aurora, our in-house orthodontist can personally place and maintain braces to help patients overcome their orthodontic complications. If you would like to learn more about braces the best course is an orthodontic consultation, call today.
Since the teeth are attached to the teeth via small ligaments, it is possible to move them to some degree. To do so, metal brackets and wires can be attached to the teeth thus applying a small amount of pressure, which can be sustained over a long period of time. This causes the teeth to slowly move towards a better position. Every 4 to 6 weeks, we will tighten the braces so they continue exerting the precise and necessary force on the teeth.
Braces are usually worn from 18 months to three years depending on the type and complexity of corrections needed. If you have a complicated case, our orthodontist is fully prepared to prescribe and manage treatment. If you schedule a consultation with us, we can give you a more specific estimate of how long the treatment will take.
Braces are known for their ability to correct many common orthodontic problems, especially those that are too severe for clear aligners. The following are some examples of situations that may call for traditional orthodontics:
An uneven bite may lead to excessively worn-down enamel as well as other oral health issues. Whether it is an overbite, an underbite, a crossbite, or another problem caused by a misaligned jaw, braces are a highly reliable way to resolve the issue.
In addition to the aesthetic issues caused by crooked and crowded teeth, you may find that you have trouble brushing and flossing as thoroughly as you should. Straightening the teeth with braces will make it easier to maintain good oral hygiene on a regular basis.
Many people find it embarrassing when there is too much space visible between the teeth. With braces, any unsightly gaps can be closed.
Cavities and gum disease can interfere with the orthodontic process, making it especially important to maintain good oral hygiene while braces are worn. Our in-house orthodontist can give you tips for brushing effectively with braces, such as the correct angle to hold the toothbrush while cleaning around the wires.
You should also take precautions to keep braces safe from physical damage. This means avoiding hard, sticky, or crunchy foods that might cause the brackets and wires to break. If you play sports, it is recommended to get a mouthguard that has been personalized to accommodate your braces.
Braces can straighten your teeth creating a smile lasting a lifetime! Let Grand Dental Auroras’ experienced orthodontic team guide you. Schedule a consultation today.
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