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Traditional Braces in Worthington, OH

Teen girl with braces

You’ve likely heard about the different kinds of orthodontic treatment systems that are now out on the market. There are the kind that look like traditional braces but are made of clear or tooth-colored brackets and wires. Then there are clear, removable braces, which fit snuggly over your teeth for the most discrete orthodontic treatment. However, for the gold standard, nothing beats traditional braces, which are actually based on hundreds—if not thousands—of years of research. The ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks all tried their hand at straightening teeth in a fashion that was primitively similar to what we know braces to be today. For modern traditional braces, Worthington, OH, residents trust the services offered at Shirck Orthodontics.

When should children be evaluated for traditional braces in Worthington?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends having your son or daughter screened by the time they are seven years old. By this age, most children have all of their permanent incisors (front teeth) in place and their first molars have erupted. Worthington orthodontist Dr. Shirck can tell if there are any existing or developing eruption problems. And he can evaluate your child to see if there are any problems with the growth of their jaws, crowded teeth or teeth that protrude. After this early treatment evaluation, Worthington children’s orthodontist Dr. Shirck will be able to advise you if your child should have early orthodontic treatment and when that treatment should begin.

What kinds of problems can traditional braces address?

Traditional braces have long been the recommended course of treatment for almost any kind of alignment problem. For example, if that little smile you see every day is affected by crowded or crooked teeth; gaps between their teeth; or an overbite, a crossbite or an underbite, then those metal brackets and wires can likely straighten out the problem. Most orthodontic concerns can be addressed within a couple of years, however the actual treatment time your children need will depend on their particular orthodontic case.

How do traditional braces move teeth?

Traditional braces consist of metal brackets that are cemented to the facial side of teeth. Elastic bands in a rainbow of colors hold the arch wire in place against the brackets, and metal bands around the back teeth keep the wires from shifting too much along the brackets. When your son or daughter comes to see Dr. Shirck, your orthodontist in Worthington, to have his or her braces tightened, this is the time when their teeth will move ever so slightly. As they progress through their course of treatment, their smiles become straighter and straighter.

What are the advantages of traditional braces?

Aside from having a straight and beautiful smile, traditional braces from the children’s orthodontist in Worthington, OH, will also improve their oral health. With straight teeth, your child will better be able to brush and floss effectively, and they will be less likely to grind their teeth.

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