If you would like to straighten your teeth, you have several treatment options. One of the most popular and effective ways to address dental misalignment is traditional braces in Meriden. This tried-and-true method for straightening teeth has already helped generations of patients to enjoy improved oral health — it may be able to help you as well. Continue reading below to learn more about braces, and get in touch with us when you are ready to schedule your orthodontic consultation.
When you first get braces, brackets will be bonded onto your teeth. An arch wire will connect those brackets. At periodic appointments (every 6 – 8 weeks or so), the wire will be adjusted so the braces will continue to apply pressure to your teeth, gradually shifting them into their proper positions. In most cases, braces complete their work in 18 – 36 months. Once you finish treatment, you can expect to have a healthier, more attractive smile.
During your consultation, we will determine if traditional braces are a fit for your circumstances. They are suitable for most patients with mild to severe dental misalignment. Here are some examples of issues they are commonly able to address:
Problems like overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite can interfere with your facial aesthetics, endanger your oral health, and contribute to problems with your TMJ. Braces, usually with the help of other accessories, such as elastics, can fix most cases of bite misalignment.
Crooked and crowded teeth are prone to trap food between them, increasing your risk of bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. Braces can usually move the teeth in a way that gives each one the space it needs to function optimally. In some cases, extractions can aid in this process.
Noticeable gaps between the teeth are generally viewed as unsightly. Plus, they can leave the gums vulnerable to harm. Braces are often able to move the teeth closer together, resulting in a more attractive smile that is at a lower risk of future problems.
Here are some tips for taking good care of your braces and your teeth throughout your treatment: