Braces can be used to correct many common complaints you may have about the appearance of your smile, such as crooked teeth, crowded teeth, gapped teeth, and many common bite problems as well. Poorly aligned teeth may make you self-conscious about your smile, but they are also hard to clean and may contribute to gum disease. If you are looking for a reliable method for getting the straighter, healthier smile you desire, braces can help.
Braces are one of the first cosmetic dentistry procedures ever employed, and it has the ability to transform your smile. You can eliminate many of the most common cosmetic complaints about smiles using braces, including:
- Crooked or tipped teeth
These and other problems with the alignment of your teeth can be corrected consistently and reliably with braces.
When we are primarily focusing on correcting the function of your bite, we describe it as functional orthodontics.
Benefits of Traditional Braces
These days, there are many orthodontic options, such as Invisalign, and sometimes braces may not be the right option for you. However, there are still many ways that traditional braces might benefit you. Traditional braces:
- Can be used in all cases
- Can perform complex tooth maneuvers, including tooth rotations
- Give very predictable results
- Have the same treatment time as aligners
- Are more capable of functional orthodontic results
- Come in attractive styles, including tooth-colored wires and clear brackets
For these reasons, we often recommend traditional orthodontics. During your consultation, we will talk about your different braces options and help you decide which is the right one for you.
How Braces Work
Braces take advantage of your body’s ability to constantly make and remake bones and other tissues. In response to the constant force delivered by braces, your body will remove bone from the side of your teeth where the pressure is high and build it up on the side where there is low pressure.
To stimulate this remodeling of bone, braces use a metal wire that will pull on your teeth. The force is not applied directly to the tooth, but to the bracket, which is attached to the tooth. The guide wire is normally attached to the bracket using ligatures, basically small rubber bands. In some braces, called self-ligating braces, there are no ligatures, the brackets attach directly to the guide wire.
The process of bone remodeling takes time, and is vulnerable to remission. To preserve your braces results, you should initially wear a retainer every day. Usually, overnight wear is sufficient. Later, you can wear them just a few times a week or less.