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.