Your Path to a Straighter Smile
When it comes to straightening crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth, nothing is more reliable, durable, and cost-effective than traditional metal braces. Braces have been used for decades to treat patients of all ages, and the reason for that is simple: they work! Dr. Jeff and Dr. Jen have been able to achieve spectacular results using this tried and true treatment. Plus, thanks to the latest advancements, braces are now smaller, sleeker, and less noticeable than ever, making this treatment even better than before.
Why Traditional Braces Are Still Great
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 with one treatment plan. Those metal brackets and wires are ideal for treating overcrowding, a crossbite, overbite, underbite, as well as rotated (crooked) teeth and gaps. The brackets are bonded to the teeth in order to hold the wires in places. With continuous pressure, the wires gradually move your teeth into their proper alignment. While the length of an individual’s treatment will depend on the type of correction that’s needed, most people, on average, need to wear traditional braces 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 an orthodontist 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 the permanent teeth to erupt greatly influences their alignment. That’s why it’s a good idea to have Dr. Jeff or Dr. Jen examine your child’s smile while they still have baby teeth.
In addition, this early examination gives them 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 actually have colored bands so your child can choose their favorite color or show their school spirit with multiple colors. Each time your child comes to see us to have their braces tightened, their teeth will move slightly. Little by little, their smiles will 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 improve oral health. Straight teeth are simply easier to care for and keep clean than crooked teeth, which can more easily trap food particles and bacteria-filled plaque. And, a straight smile can prevent abnormal tooth wear as well as jaw pain and headaches.
WildSmiles Custom Braces
WildSmiles braces help inject a little bit of fun into your child’s orthodontic treatment. Rather than having “boring” square brackets, kids with WildSmiles can get ones shaped like flowers, footballs, diamonds, and more. This, along with a wide selection of brightly colored elastics, will enable your child to put their personality into their treatment.
These braces offer the same reliability of traditional braces while being much more subtle in appearance. The brackets are made of a clear ceramic and the wires/bands are made of a tooth-colored material as well. The end result is the best of both worlds when it comes to effectiveness and appearance, which is ideal for both adult and teen patients.
Just as the teeth themselves have two phases (baby and adult), sometimes a child needs two phases of orthodontic treatment in order to achieve a complete result. The first phase will focus on straightening the baby teeth and helping the permanent teeth come in straight, while the second phase will be used to correct any alignment issues with the adult teeth. Combined, these phases make for a shorter and overall better treatment experience for a child.
Think your child might need orthodontic care? Not really sure? Want to know what signs to look for? To learn more about how we can help your child’s smile while it is still developing, simply click on the link below for all the information you’ll need.
As you can see, we have a multitude of options that can fit the needs and wants of any patient, assuring that they all have a smooth, easy, and efficient treatment process that will guarantee them a beautiful smile. To learn which treatment might be best for your child, please contact us today to schedule a FREE consultation.
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