How Do Braces Work?
Braces are orthodontic devices that straighten teeth and correct improper bites. They typically consist of small metal or ceramic brackets attached to the front surface of your teeth and then connected to flexible metal wires. Braces work by gently applying continuous pressure to your teeth over a period of time (typically 6 to 30 months) to gradually move them into their ideal positions. Once your braces are taken off, you may need to wear a removable retainer to keep your teeth properly aligned.
What Are the Benefits of Braces?
In addition to giving you a better smile, braces can also be very important to your overall dental health. Orthodontic problems like crooked and crowded teeth can become worse if left untreated. Crooked teeth are also difficult to clean and maintain, which can lead to toothaches, tooth decay, and cavities. Straight teeth; however, help people bite and chew more effectively and contribute to healthier teeth and gums.
Should I Get the Clear Braces or Colored Braces?
Western Dental knows that waiting for the perfect smile can take time. But we can make the wait a little easier (and more fun!) by offering traditional braces in a variety of colors, such as gold, silver and clear (tooth color). And for people who have teeth that need minimal straightening, we offer Invisalign® clear braces, which are less noticeable than traditional ones.
When To Start Orthodontic Treatment?
Few people are gifted with naturally straight teeth and most adults can immediately benefit from braces. Treatment for children usually begins once most of the permanent teeth have come in (around the age of 12 or 13). However, to help us identify and treat any early problems that may be present, Western Dental recommends an initial orthodontic evaluation beginning around the age of 7.
Interested in braces for you or your child? Contact Western Dental to make an orthodontist appointment.