Traditional braces consist of metal brackets, which are placed on the teeth using an adhesive, and wires, which connect the brackets and must be tightened periodically. The pressure from the wires creates a small but constant pressure on the teeth, gradually changing their position to straighten them and better align the jaw. While they are commonly known as an uncomfortable and unattractive treatment, advancements in dental technology have made them sleeker, smaller, and more comfortable. Adults can benefit from this treatment as well as younger patients.
Treatment usually lasts one to three years, depending on the severity of the occlusion. After you have completed your treatment at Ramona Dentistry, you will need to wear a retainer to maintain the new position of the teeth.
Traditional braces can be used to treat dental occlusions including overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite. They can also address gaps in the teeth and fix crowding issues. For some patients, traditional braces can be more effective than other orthodontic treatments, such as Invisalign. They are also less expensive.
Because they consist of many sensitive parts, braces require careful maintenance to be kept clean and functional. Certain foods, such as chewy or crunchy items, will have to be avoided to prevent damaging the braces. Additionally, certain fruits and vegetables can get caught in the braces and will have to be cut into small pieces to consume.
Braces will need careful cleaning to prevent the teeth from being stained or developing decay. A special brush can help with getting into the crevices and various surfaces of braces. It will be important to see your orthodontist regularly to ensure that treatment is progressing as planned. Adjustments can be made as necessary during these visits.
For a straighter smile, make an appointment at Ramona Dentistry today and discuss more about the traditional braces in Chino, CA, with our cosmetic dentist near you.