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Reynoldsburg Traditional Braces

Teen girl with braces

Traditional braces have been around for more than 100 years and they are still hard to beat when you need to correct a number of orthodontic problems in one treatment plan. Those metal brackets and wires are ideal for treating overcrowding, a crossbite, overbite or underbite, as well as rotated (crooked) teeth and gaps between your teeth. The brackets are bonded to teeth in order to hold the wires in places. With continuous pressure, the wires gradually move your teeth into their proper alignment. And while the length of treatment will depend on the type of correction that’s needed, most people wear traditional braces in Reynoldsburg for 12 to 24 months.

When Should a Child First See an Orthodontist?

You should schedule a time for your son or daughter to see Dr. Shirck before they are seven years old. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends this early visit because at this age children usually still have some of their baby teeth. Your child’s permanent smile is largely dependent on their baby, or primary teeth—whether they are crooked or straight, the amount of space they leave for permanent teeth to erupt and the way in which they are aligned. That’s why it’s a good idea to have the orthodontist in Reynoldsburg examine your child’s smile while there are still baby teeth. In addition, this early examination gives Dr. Shirck the chance to treat thumb sucking or mouth breathing if they are concerns. Also, some children are well served by wearing special appliances that will make treatment with traditional braces more efficient when they are teenagers.

How do Traditional Braces Work?

With traditional braces, metal brackets are cemented to the facial side of teeth, usually along both the upper and lower arches. In turn, wires are secured to the brackets with elastic bands. We even have colored bands so your child can choose a favorite color or show their school spirit with multiple colors. Each time your child comes to Reynoldsburg orthodontist Dr. Shirck to have their braces tightened, their teeth move. Little by little, their smiles become aligned.

Other Advantages of Traditional Braces

Besides giving your son or daughter the pleasure and confidence of a well-aligned smile, traditional braces also provide a means to better oral health. Straight teeth are simply easier to care for and keep clean than crooked teeth, which can trap food particles and bacteria filled plaque. And a straight smile can prevent abnormal tooth wear as well as jaw pain and headaches. We can't wait to provide you with warm, personalized care that leaves you feeling satisfied with your straight smile. In addition to being the children’s orthodontist in Reynoldsburg, we also serve the areas of Westerville, Sunbury, New Albany, Alexandria, Granville, Johnstown, Newark, Blacklick, and beyond.

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