Nearly 4.5 million Americans have braces, and most of them are children or teens. Braces straighten your teeth and your bite over time, improving the appearance of your smile and your oral health. At his private practice, William D. Davies, DDS, offers orthodontic care and braces to teens and adults in Pasadena, Texas. To learn more about his orthodontic services, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Dental braces are a common orthodontic treatment that corrects crooked, crowded teeth. Braces also correct bite misalignments, such as underbite or overbite. They’re typically a combination of brackets fixed to your teeth, wires, bands, or other appliances.
Braces slowly move your teeth by applying continuous pressure over a period of time. People typically have braces on their teeth for 18 months to two years.
While you have braces, you visit Dr. Davies regularly and he adjusts the position of the appliances to move your teeth. The bone of your jaw changes shape as your teeth move, resulting in an aligned bite and straight teeth.
Traditional braces use small metal brackets placed on the front of your teeth. There are other options to straighten teeth as well, including clear aligners, retainers, or braces on the back of your teeth.
While dental braces improve the look of your smile, getting straighter teeth can have health benefits too.
If your teeth are crowded, it can be hard to properly clean them and your gums. Plaque can build up and lead to cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.
If you have a bad bite, or your upper and lower jaws don’t meet correctly, you may experience a speech impediment, jaw problems, or abnormal wear on your tooth enamel.
When your teeth and bite are adjusted with braces, you can chew and speak normally and your mouth is easier to keep clean.
Every patient’s orthodontic treatment plan is different. When you come to Dr. Davies for braces, he starts with an oral exam that may include X-rays and molds.
For crowded, crooked teeth and misaligned bites, Dr. Davies often recommends traditional metal braces.
For some patients, clear aligners are a great alternative to traditional braces. Patients wear a series of clear aligners that gently move the teeth into proper positions. Aligners are a popular orthodontic treatment because they’re removable and nearly invisible.
If you have braces, you’ll see Dr. Davies and his team regularly. He can help you learn how to take care of your teeth while you’re wearing them.
Thorough oral hygiene is particularly important while you have braces. Food can get stuck in the wires and brackets, making plaque buildup common. When you have braces, it’s a good idea to avoid certain hard and sticky foods to help keep your teeth healthy.
If you or your child needs braces, make an appointment with Dr. Davies and his team. Call the office or request a consultation online to learn more.