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Braces for Youth & Adults

Orthodontistry is the art of using special appliances to straighten teeth.

Having straight teeth not only improves the beauty of your smile but is key to maintain proper oral health. If left untreated, orthodontic problems can cause discomfort when chewing, eating and/or speaking, as well as lead to more serious medical conditions and more costly treatments.

Youth

Early Stages Orthodontics

Early Orthodontic treatment for your child is vital to their overall and long-lasting oral health. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child should receive their initial evaluation as soon as an orthodontic problem occurs or no later than age 7. Evaluations allow orthodontists to assess teeth relationships and determine teeth growth and development as your child’s adult molars start to come in. While treatment is may not be necessary at such an early age, early screening will allow doctors to be prepared to treat future concerns in a timely manner.

Phase 1

Phase 1 of orthodontic treatment begins when the teeth and jaw are still in the growth stage, often for patients under age 7. Beginning treatment in this phase allows us to watch the jaw as it develops to make sure it is growing in a way that will accommodate permanent teeth and improve the patient’s jaw bite.

Phase 2

Once permanent teeth have erupted and the jaw has set, it may be necessary to begin Phase 2 of orthodontic treatment. Phase 2 involves making sure each tooth is in its proper location in the mouth and that the mouth functions properly. Phase 2 is necessary for children, teens and adults.

Traditional Braces

Metal braces, made of stainless steel or titanium, are known as “traditional braces” because the first orthodontic braces were made of metal. They still continue to be the most commonly-used type of braces today. Luckily, today’s braces are smaller, flatter and more comfortable than braces of the past.

Metal braces have three parts to them. The brackets are cemented directly to the surface of the teeth. An arch wire is placed in the brackets, linking them together. It is the arch wire that is adjusted to apply pressure to the teeth. Elastic ties are what hold the arch wire in the brackets. Fresh ones are placed each time a patient comes in for the arch wire to be adjusted. The elastic ties usually come in a variety of colors.

Braces are skillfully tightened and adjusted in order to shift teeth into a straightened position. Rubber bands or other appliances are used in conjunction with braces for a thorough adjustment of the entire mouth.

Ceramic (Clear) Braces

If your child has crooked or misaligned teeth but is hesitate to get braces because of the “unattractive appeal” of traditional braces, ceramic braces may be the best option! These clear or tooth-colored braces are made of ceramic or polycarbonate and are a much less noticeable alternative to the classic “metal mouth!”

Clear braces function just as traditional metal braces do. They also include brackets, arch wires and elastic ties. The ties are generally clear or white. Clear braces are not to be confused with popular clear aligner systems like Invisalign. Those systems fit into the mouth like a mouth guard, slipping over the teeth, and they are removable. Clear braces are cemented into the mouth like metal braces are.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces function similarly to conventional braces but are free of elastic bands and metal ties. Instead, this dental brace uses a special clip or bracket are used to entrap the archwire and move your teeth into place.

Retainers

When you’ve put your time and money into straightening your child’s smile it is important to make sure it stays that way. As your child continues to grow, so do their teeth. Remind your child to wear their retainers as directed to make sure they keep that beautiful, straight smile.

Retainers are a custom-fit plastic or wire that are placed over the teeth to keep them from moving. Retainers can be worn during the day or overnight and are usually removable.

Adult

Traditional Braces

Metal braces, made of stainless steel or titanium, are known as “traditional braces” because the first orthodontic braces were made of metal. They still continue to be the most commonly-used type of braces today. Luckily, today’s braces are smaller, flatter and more comfortable than braces of the past.

Metal braces have three parts to them. The brackets are cemented directly to the surface of the teeth. An arch wire is placed in the brackets, linking them together. It is the arch wire that is adjusted to apply pressure to the teeth. Elastic ties are what hold the arch wire in the brackets. Fresh ones are placed each time a patient comes in for the arch wire to be adjusted. The elastic ties usually come in a variety of colors.

Braces are skillfully tightened and adjusted in order to shift teeth into a straightened position. Rubber bands or other appliances are used in conjunction with braces for a thorough adjustment of the entire mouth.

Ceramic (Clear) Braces

Not keen on the idea of how metal braces look? Advances in technology allow orthodontists to offer clear or tooth-colored braces made of ceramic or polycarbonate that are much less noticeable than traditional braces.

Clear braces function just as traditional metal braces do. They also include brackets, arch wires and elastic ties. The ties are generally clear or white. Clear braces are not to be confused with popular clear aligner systems like Invisalign. Those systems fit into the mouth like a mouth guard, slipping over the teeth, and they are removable. Clear braces are cemented into the mouth like metal braces are.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces function similarly to conventional braces but are free of elastic bands and metal ties. Instead, this dental brace uses a special clip or bracket are used to entrap the archwire and move your teeth into place.

Retainers

When you’ve put your time and money into straightening your smile it is important to make sure it stays that way. As you continue to grow, so do your teeth. Remember to wear your retainers as directed by us to make sure you keep that beautiful, straight smile.

Retainers are a custom-fit plastic or wire that are placed over the teeth to keep them from moving. Retainers can be worn during the day or overnight and are usually removable.

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