Braces are a time-tested and effective way to straighten teeth and correct misaligned bites.
They can be used to correct smiles for both younger patients and adults. Correcting your smile with braces can offer several benefits right away and in the long run.
Straight teeth make it easier for you to maintain a healthy smile. You can easily brush all surfaces of your teeth and get floss in between each tooth. This helps keep food and plaque out of your mouth, which ultimately reduces your chances of developing tooth decay or gum disease. An aligned bite can also prevent unnatural wear and tear on your teeth, which can reduce your chances of getting a chipped or cracked tooth. You can also avoid strained jaw muscles and bone erosion.
Your teeth and jaw alignment can greatly affect your speech, for better or for worse. With braces, our orthodontist can straighten crooked teeth and align your jaws to help improve your speech. If you have a lisp or other speech issues, you may find that they go away after your braces treatment is complete.
One of the most significant and immediately noticeable benefits of treating your smile with braces is an improved look and renewed confidence. When you know your smile looks great and is healthy, you can be more confident in showing it off to others.
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Getting Your Braces
The process of getting your braces is fairly simple and can be completed in our practice
Before you begin your braces treatment, you will need to have a consultation with our orthodontist. During this visit, we will examine your mouth to determine your current condition. We will also talk with you to understand your smile goals and needs. In the end, our orthodontist can help you know if braces is the best treatment option for you, or if you will require additional orthodontic treatments to achieve your ideal smile.
The process of putting on your braces can take between one and two hours. First, our orthodontist will clean and dry your teeth. Next, we will apply bonding glue to the front surface of each tooth and attach the brackets. We will then place the archwire in the brackets so that it runs across all of your teeth. Finally, we will use elastics that wrap around the brackets to secure the wire in place.
During your braces treatment, you will visit American Dental Associates for regular adjustments. During these visits, we will remove the elastics and archwire from your brackets. At this point, you can brush and floss your teeth. Once your teeth are clean, we will replace the wire and elastics; however, your wire will be a little shorter than before so that it can gently pull your teeth to where they need to be. You may experience some soreness after your adjustments, but this will go away after a few days.
After your braces treatment is complete and your braces are off, you can finally enjoy your new smile! However, it is important that you take the necessary steps to keep your smile straight for the rest of your life. In most cases, this involves wearing a retainer. Our orthodontist can provide you with a retainer that fits your new bite as well as instructions on how often you need to wear your retainer.
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