Braces & Invisalign
Crooked teeth can cause a lack of confidence in your smile. Furthermore, since crooked teeth are harder to keep clean, issues like gum disease and tooth decay can develop.
However, an easy way to remedy this issue is through braces.
There are different types of braces, but all types work to properly align your bite and straighten your teeth, leaving you with the perfect smile.
- Several studies show that people who smile more have higher levels of success and happiness. With a straight, symmetrical smile, you are more likely to feel confident and smile more.
- Braces are versatile and can help correct a large number of structural issues. Your treatment can easily be customized to help with things as simple as crooked teeth to things as complex as jaw alignment issues.
- Since braces also help to properly align your jaw, they can improve your biting and chewing ability. This will indirectly reduce the wear and tear on your teeth, as well as decrease the amount of strain placed on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
Let's dive in to see how dental braces work...
Did You Know?
The cement used to adhere the brackets used for braces actually contains and releases fluoride into your tooth, which helps improve the health of your teeth while they are being straightened.
The Braces Process
The first step in your braces journey is to schedule a consultation with your orthodontist. At this consultation, your orthodontist will examine your bite, teeth, and x-rays to develop and discuss a treatment plan with you. The next step will be to have your spacer appointment, which will take place about one week prior to getting your braces. During this appointment, your orthodontist will place spacers, or tiny discs, between your molars to prepare them for the orthodontic bands which anchor the braces into your mouth.
A week after having your spacers placed, you will return to your orthodontist for the bonding appointment. At this point, your orthodontist will bond the brackets onto your teeth and place the appropriate wires and bands. After this initial bonding procedure, you will continue to visit your orthodontist every six to eight weeks over the next 18-24 months for adjustments.
After your treatment is complete, your orthodontist will remove your braces and fit you for a retainer. They will also have you schedule a long-term checkup to make sure everything is staying in place and to adjust your retainer if needed.