If you’re like most people, you probably only think about the cosmetic issues related to misaligned teeth. In reality, however, there are numerous health issues linked to a crooked smile.
A growing body of evidence links dental health to overall health. Dental decay and gum disease allow bacteria from your mouth to enter your bloodstream and cause widespread health problems. When teeth are crowded or overlap, they create areas where brushing and flossing can’t always remove all traces of plaque, giving bacteria places to thrive.
Gaps or spaces between teeth can allow teeth to shift out of position over time. This changes the force of your bite, placing undue stress on your teeth and creating a risk of excess wear, cracks, or fractures.
Braces are a type of orthodontic treatment that uses a system of brackets and wires to gently move teeth into optimal alignment. There are several options from which to choose, and your dentist works closely with you to find the best solution to your specific treatment needs and goals.
Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to place pressure on your teeth, slowly shifting them into proper alignment. Small elastic bands hold the wires in place over the brackets, and a new wire is placed during most appointments.
Self-ligating braces don’t use elastics to hold the treatment wire in place. Each bracket holds a portion of the wire in a sliding mechanism. These types of brackets can be easier to clean and more comfortable for some wearers.
Lingual braces also use a series of brackets and wires, but in these systems, the brackets are placed on the back sides of your teeth. They are not as noticeable as traditional or self-ligating braces, but aren’t right for everyone.
When you come in for an orthodontic consultation, your dentist performs a thorough assessment, which might include imaging. This information allows your dental team to guide you toward the braces options that are best suited for your needs.
You’ll learn what to expect in terms of treatment timeline, how to take care of your braces, and what your smile will look like after treatment is complete. You’ll even discuss how braces fit into your budget.
If you have questions about how braces can transform your smile, schedule an appointment today. Online booking is available, or you can call the Time Square Dental Group office to check appointment availability.