Nobody is born with a perfect smile, but if you are self-conscious about the way your teeth appear, or you are having trouble using your mouth functionally because of your tooth alignment, braces may be able to help you. For many adults and teens, braces have become a right of passage, but modern orthodontics have also made this treatment option easier than ever. While traditional braces still include metal brackets and wires, they can now be designed to be smaller, less noticeable, and more comfortable to wear. Aligning teeth with traditional braces is a time-tested method that can help nearly any patient, regardless of how severe their case may be.
The Process Behind Braces
Traditional orthodontics are simple to understand. With braces, teeth are repositioned using gentle force to move them into proper alignment. This is done via the metal brackets and wires that apply this force to specific teeth. Depending on how the wires are positioned, your orthodontist will be able to straighten crooked teeth, close gaps, pull teeth down, or even space teeth apart. The brackets are firmly secured to teeth through a cement-like material to keep them in place. It is crucial that you do not break these wires or brackets, because without the constant force, alignment will not occur. So if any problems arise, it is important to come back to see your orthodontist as soon as possible. In many cases, your braces will be designed to move the root of the tooth first, then the crown, in a two step process. This ensures precision and allows your orthodontist to make minor adjustments if necessary.
Conditions That Braces Can Correct
- Overbite or underbite
- Crossbite or open bite
- Misplaced midline
At Desert Dental Group, we believe that everyone deserves to have the smile of their dreams. If you have wanted to straighten your teeth, give us a call today to set up a free consultation with our orthodontists! We have a dedicated orthodontic team and office in Victorville, CA, so you can expect all-inclusive care in one convenient location!