Orthodontia: How Traditional Braces Really Work

traditional braces Charlottesville VABraces are an essential element of modern dental care. Not only do braces improve your smile, but the “after braces result” also helps prevents cavities by aligning your teeth and reducing wear on enamel.

If you are considering orthodontic treatment with traditional braces, which use the strongest materials available to correct your bite, read on to learn more.

How can orthodontic treatment with traditional braces help me?

Orthodontics are very effective in treating the following problems associated with developing teeth and jaw growth:

  • Closes gaps between teeth
  • Ensures teeth are properly aligned
  • Straightens crooked teeth
  • Improves oral function: speech and eating
  • Enhances long-term health of gums and teeth
  • Prevents long-term excessive wear and trauma to teeth
  • Corrects an improper bite.

How do traditional braces work?

Traditional braces use four main components to correct a faulty bite: brackets, bands, archwires, and ligature elastics. Your orthodontist attaches either stainless steel or clear ceramic brackets to the center of each tooth using dental bonding agents.

Though clear ceramic braces are less visible in your mouth than their metal counterparts, they may require extra attention to oral hygiene and typically used in older teenagers or adults desiring cosmetic corrections.

Thin arch wires run from bracket to bracket, creating a system capable of exerting gradual pressure on your teeth. Materials used in braces today are lighter and more comfortable for patients. Your orthodontist can alter the tension of the arch wires to achieve proper alignment and a great smile.

Elastics in a choice of colors may are attached to the brackets to secure the archwire during the treatment process. Rubber bands are used towards the end of treatment to exert a different type of helpful pressure, often between the upper and lower jaws.

How long will it take?

Successful orthodontic treatment with traditional braces usually takes one to three years and depends on your commitment to both following your orthodontist’s instructions at home and keeping appointments. The better your treatment compliance, the faster your braces can come off. To retain your winning smile’s architecture, a retainer may be recommended after your treatment to keep your teeth in alignment.

OK, pencil me in!

If you are interested in straightening your smile with traditional braces, Hamer & Glassick Orthodontics will be happy to set up a complimentary consultation for you. Dr. Hamer will carefully examine your teeth, your “bite,” and discuss a personal treatment plan with you. We look forward to meeting you and getting started on your new smile!