[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Bite and alignment problems can seriously affect your dental health and your jaw joints. Closely or improperly spaced teeth can be hard to clean and may increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Dental braces can be a great solution for patients who did not have orthodontic treatment as children or who have developed orthodontic issues over time. Our braces dentist may recommend traditional braces if your teeth are crowded, crooked or gapped or if you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite or uneven bite.
Braces are a type of orthodontic treatment that uses metal brackets, wires and bands. The bands are designed to wrap around the molars, and brackets are then bonded to the front teeth and premolars. These brackets and bands can be made of titanium or steel, but the brackets may also be made of ceramic for a more aesthetically appealing solution. The wires are secured to the bands and attached to the brackets, and they are usually made of steel or a special blend of titanium, nickel and copper. In some cases, you may also benefit from elastic bands to align the jawbones for a better bite. Our expert in braces will help explain your options as we design your orthodontic treatment plan.
Once our braces expert has applied your braces, they will need to be regularly adjusted. Each adjustment is designed to apply pressure against teeth and shift them into position. As the teeth move, the jawbone and soft tissues around the teeth will adjust to this new position for long-term straightening. Adjustments can be uncomfortable initially, but most patients can ease this discomfort by using over-the-counter NSAIDs and eating a soft diet for the first day or two after an adjustment.
In order to get the most out of your braces, it is important that you follow the instructions of our expert in braces You will also need to brush after meals to remove plaque and bacteria and floss at least once a day to remove debris from between the teeth. Floss threaders may be needed to floss around the braces. Contact our dentist to schedule your next appointment.