Looking for Braces?
Braces can improve your oral health and your smile, but how do they work? Well, by using very small pieces of hardware, such as brackets and wires, braces are bonded to your teeth with glue. Once your braces are attached, the provider will schedule you for regular appointments for adjustments. During these adjustments, hardware will be tightened. When your hardware is tightened, your teeth will loosen slightly but enough to promote gradual movement. Within 12-24 months, your teeth should be in their rightful places. Your smile will thank you!
Today, we have many options in regards to braces. Traditional braces are much lighter in weight and structure than before. The stainless steel and metal brackets are bonded to your teeth.
Ceramic braces work in the same way as traditional but the brackets are made from a clear and more natural ceramic material making these braces more discreet.
Invisalign is a clear and removable aligner that is custom made for you. Instead of coming in for adjustments as you would for braces, you’ll get a new aligner for every step of your treatment to promote the gradual movement of your teeth.
A dental retainer is given to patients following a very exciting day: the removal of their braces! Although braces are considered the best option for straightening a person’s teeth, the job isn’t done. Once your braces are removed, you’ll be given a dental retainer that should be worn at night. This will ensure that your straight teeth remain in perfect alignment for years to come.
It’s very important that people of all ages wear their dental retainer when they are provided with one. Your retainer will be molded to fit your new smile perfectly. This means that it should slide onto your teeth comfortably and feel like it’s held in place well throughout the night.
For the best experience and the best results, you should wear your retainer every night. Skipping it can lead to bad habits and misaligned teeth once again.
The use of a palatal expander will help ensure that adult teeth have plenty of room to push through straight. The expander will be placed along the upper roof of your mouth and aligned with your back most teeth on either side. A key in the center will allow your dentist to adjust the tension of your palatal expander with your follow-up visits so that your upper back teeth will continue being gradually shifted outwards and into correct alignment.
How long you’ll need to wear your palatal expander will depend on the severity of the misalignment. It can range from a few weeks to a few months, and your dentist will be able to estimate the length of your treatment plan when you speak with them about your options. After a few follow-up visits to adjust your palatal expander, you should be ready to have it removed so that you can enjoy your gorgeous smile!
If your children have misaligned teeth, the best solution is to put them into braces as soon as possible so that their teeth can be straightened and re-aligned from an early age. Recent research has shown that the earlier your child gets braces, the easier it is for them to maintain their healthy smile.