Braces are a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct crowded and crooked teeth. In some instances, braces may be advised even if your teeth are straight. This is most common when the upper and lower jaws do not properly meet. This could occur because of injury or due to genetics. Late or early tooth loss could also lead to the need for braces.
Along with delivering a beautiful smile, braces can also help to create a healthier mouth. Failure to correct an abnormal bite could cause a number of oral health problems, including:
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
- Tooth loss
- Jaw problems
- Abnormal wear to tooth enamel
- Problems with speech and/or chewing
The type of orthodontic treatment recommended by your dentist will depend on available options and your preference. Traditional braces work by applying pressure to realign the teeth. Such braces are usually comprised of small brackets that are cemented onto the teeth and use a wire to connect the brackets. From time to time, your orthodontist or dentist will tighten the wire to shift your jaw and teeth gradually into the proper place. In some cases, braces may be placed behind the teeth. Other options for orthodontics treatments include removable clear aligners.
Orthodontic treatment, including braces, usually begins between the ages of 8 and 14, as most abnormalities become apparent between the ages of 6 and 12. Even so, adults may also have braces to correct bad bites and create a healthier, more beautiful smile.
“This type of treatment usually lasts between one and three years. After your braces are removed, your orthodontist or dentist may advise wearing a retainer to ensure the teeth keep their new positions.
With new materials available, braces are more comfortable today than ever before and also less conspicuous. In fact, some types of braces are practically invisible. Give us a call today to find out more about how we can help you achieve your dream smile with the right orthodontics solution.”