Orthodontics or Braces

Orthodontic or Braces treatment is a series of processes to move poorly aligned teeth to a desirable position. Orthodontic treatment can improve the appearance, improve the biting position and chewing function.

Types Of Braces

Metal Braces/Traditional Braces- The metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word "braces." However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious "metal-mouth" braces than many adults remember. Plus, new heat-activated archwires use your body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than in the past.

Ceramic Braces- Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to be even less noticeable.

Lingual Braces- Lingual braces are the same as traditional metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of teeth.

Invisalign- Invisalign consists of a series of 18 to 30 custom-made, mouth guard-like clear plastic aligners. The aligners are removable and are replaced every 2 weeks.

Benefits of Braces

The primary health benefits of braces are the potential improvements in dental hygiene, which can ultimately result in reduced risk of oral disease. Misaligned teeth, crooked teeth, and bite issues can often cause an increase in food buildup between teeth. As a result, individuals may experience an increase in plaque, or the soft film of bacteria that forms on tooth surfaces. Plaque is a significant contributor to periodontal and gum disease. By creating a more ideal environment for proper dental hygiene, braces can essentially improve a patient’s overall dental health.

Improve Eating

Benefits of braces also include improvements in eating for certain patients. Patients with teeth issues may experience difficulty biting and chewing food. As a result, patients may experience digestion or nutrition issues. Difficulty biting and chewing may also cause pain and discomfort while eating. Straight teeth from braces can help to alleviate these eating issues.