There are many options for people today who want to have straighter teeth, but in many cases traditional braces are still the best choice. Braces can correct more orthodontic problems than any other teeth-straightening method, including bite problems, rotated teeth and teeth that need to move vertically.
Metal braces today are generally smaller and less noticeable than they were in the past, but they still work the same way. They consist of brackets that are attached to the front of each tooth, and an arch wire that runs through the brackets and actually moves the teeth. The arch wire puts pressure on the brackets, which in turn move the teeth.
Braces actually remodel the bones that support your teeth, causing them to grow in position to support the new position of the teeth. It is possible for teeth that have been straightened with braces to move out of position over time, however, which is why wearing a retainer is important after your braces come off.
In addition to being able to solve the most complex orthodontic problems, traditional metal braces are also the most economical choice in teeth-straightening. Braces are definitely not just for children, as many adults today realize that it is never too late to improve the appearance and function of their teeth. Almost 50 percent of orthodontic patients seeking braces today are adults.
When you wear braces, you will visit the dentist often for adjustments. The arch wires need to be changed as the movement of your teeth progresses, and if your braces have elastic bands to attach the arch wires to the brackets, they will usually be changed at every appointment. There are braces available today that are called self-ligating, which means they do not need elastics.
When children and teens get braces, the time for treatment may be a little less than it is for adults. Teeth move more easily in younger people because their bones are still growing, so even though it is never too late to get braces, getting braces when younger may make the process easier and prevent problems later in life. Kids can get braces as early as the age of 7; in fact, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends an orthodontic screening for all children by that age.
Kettleman Dental Care provides orthodontic services for children and adults. If you would like to learn more about orthodontics and braces, call us now to set up a consultation appointment.