Orthodontic Braces for Straighter Teeth
Orthodontic care is the study and treatment of malocclusion – the state of crooked, misaligned teeth. If not corrected, tooth misalignment can lead to a host of troubling dental issues, from excessive tooth wear to eventual tooth loss, and more. By straightening crooked teeth with orthodontic braces, we can help you and/or your child avoid unnecessary dental issues while improving your smile’s cosmetic appearance.
What to Expect with Orthodontic Braces
- Braces consist of carefully-designed brackets that are attached to your teeth, and an arch wire that maintains necessary tension to gently reposition your teeth.
- Your treatment plan will be designed to gradually move your teeth into straighter positions while allowing the surrounding tissues and bone to reposition along with them.
- Because the brackets are bonded to your teeth, special care must be taken to avoid damaging them and preventing food from becoming lodged between them. Dr. Correa will discuss necessary dietary changes, as well as special hygiene tools to make cleaning your teeth and braces easier.
- From beginning to end, orthodontic treatment may take up to two years to complete, and you will have to attend periodic maintenance visits so Dr. Correa can adjust the braces, if needed.
Aren’t Braces for Children?
Braces are often prescribed for children who exhibit malocclusion early to correct the growth and development of their teeth and jawbones. Otherwise, more significant restorative treatment may be necessary later in life, including oral surgery, to correct more serious problems. However, many adults who don’t correct malocclusion as children, or who exhibit tooth misalignment later in life, often need orthodontic braces to improve the alignment, function, and appearance of their smiles.
What Can Happen if I Choose Not to Wear Braces?
Straightening crooked teeth can help you prevent or alleviate complications such as bruxism and TMJ disorder, as well as damage to your teeth’s structures resulting from a misaligned bite. Even if you restore your damaged teeth, you can continue to experience these and similar dental problems until you correct your malocclusion with braces.