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Orthodontics is all about making sure your teeth are straight and your jaws are aligned. There are many treatment options available today, from clear aligners to metal braces. They all have their uses and we will consider your specific problem in order to suggest what’s right for you.
What are Traditional Orthodontics?
In a number of cases, dental problems are more complicated than simple straightening. It may not be appropriate to use a non-invasive treatment, like Invisalign.
Standard metal braces still remain popular and can provide an effective solution to many orthodontic problems.
Metal braces remain in your mouth for a long time, so they are made from strong materials that are resistant to corrosion, such as high-quality stainless steel or titanium alloys. They are made up of brackets attached to each tooth, a bonding agent to hold the brackets in place and an archwire that passes through specially designed slots in the brackets.
Rubber bands hold the archwire in position. Throughout your treatment, the archwire slowly guides your teeth into the correct position due to pressure applied from bands. A flexible wire may be used at first, followed by rigid wire to bring about major tooth movement if necessary.
At your initial assessment, we will discuss treatment options with you, and if metal braces are one of them, we will explain more about how they work. It’s never too late to change the alignment of your teeth as long as your bone structure and gums are healthy. Because orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, an increasing number of adults are getting braces.
How Does the Procedure Work?
At your initial appointment, we will do an examination to decide whether you are a good candidate for traditional braces. If you decide to proceed, we will do x-rays and take photographs and impressions of your teeth.
From there, we will develop a treatment plan for you. You may need some initial preparatory procedures such as spacers or an expander. The actual process is pain-free and simple.
Once the brackets are attached, and the archwire is placed, you will need to come in about every four to six weeks to check your progress and for adjustments to be made. Each time we will remove, replace and adjust the archwire.
The time it takes to straighten the teeth depends on the severity of the problem and treatment goals but it usually takes about two years.
How to Care for Your Braces
You may experience pain after each adjustment as the teeth get used to the new amount of pressure. You may feel like eating softer foods but after a few days, you will adjust and go back to normal eating. The tenderness is a sign that the treatment is working. Most people don’t need to take any pain medication, but those who do find it painful, it’s effectively controlled with mild pain killers.
You should avoid hard, chewy foods as they can stick to your braces and pull them off the teeth. If a bracket comes off, we will simply re-attach it. Call us up if this happens so we can organize an appointment for you to have it fixed.
Once the braces are removed, you receive a retainer to wear so that your teeth don’t slowly revert back to their previous position.
What are the Benefits of Braces?
Orthodontic treatment with braces changes the alignment of your teeth and gives you increased confidence. Metal braces are long-established as an effective option and are more affordable than any other type of braces. Relative to their predecessors, they are thinner, smaller, and easier to clean.
Specialized training is necessary to offer correct treatment and you need to make sure your treatment is managed properly and appropriate for you.