Braces are orthodontic appliances used to correct misaligned teeth and jaws. They typically consist of metal brackets, wires, and elastic bands that fit around the teeth and fasten them into place.
Traditional wire and bracket orthodontics can be especially beneficial for patients with moderate to even severe crowding, misalignment and malocclusion problems. Braces can be attached to the teeth to help reposition and realign them for a straighter, healthier smile. Brackets work in conjunction with a thin metal wiring that is adjusted at each of your orthodontic appointments. This traditional orthodontic option is ideal for kids, teens and even adults undergoing treatment.
Metal braces are ideal for patients of all ages and can fix a variety of orthodontic issues. We often recommend traditional braces to our patients needing extensive care. Some problems that braces can fix include:
It is not uncommon to have teeth that aren’t perfectly straight. With severe crowding and misalignment, it can even be difficult to keep your teeth clean. We can perform an exam to determine if you might benefit from braces. Braces are affixed to the teeth until they are professionally removed, so they’re ideal for patients of all ages.
Orthodontic treatment begins with a complete consultation that involves x-rays, impressions and an exam. We want to get to know you or your child as well as the smile that needs to be straightened. We then affix metal brackets to the teeth and place a thin metal wire across these brackets. The wire is held in place by small rubber bands that come in a variety of fun colors. You will come in every few weeks in order to have the wiring adjusted to continue with treatment. Treatment using braces can take just months or several years depending on the specific patient. We do everything possible to ensure that your treatment is as comfortable and quick as possible while obtaining beautiful, straight results that will last.
If you would like to learn more about braces, call us today so that we can get you in for a quick and convenient appointment.
It depends on the severity of your case and your orthodontist‘s treatment plan. Generally, braces are worn for 18–24 months for adults, and 12–14 months for children.
It‘s recommended to visit your orthodontist at least once every 4–6 weeks for adjustments and progress checks.
When you first get your braces, it can be uncomfortable, but as your teeth start to shift and adjust, the discomfort should subside.
Yes, you can eat with braces but you should make sure to avoid hard and sticky foods that can get caught in your braces or damage them.