If you suffer from a degree of dental misalignment, you should certainly consult with a professional dental team about straightening your teeth. Not only can orthodontic treatment enhance your facial aesthetics, but it can also provide significant oral health benefits. Modern dentistry offers a number of teeth-straightening methods, but traditional braces remain one of the most popular and effective options. Get in touch with our office today to learn more about how they may be able to help you achieve a healthier, more attractive smile.
When you first receive braces, small metal pieces called brackets will be bonded to your teeth. A wire, called an archwire, will attach the brackets to one another. Together, the brackets and wire will apply gentle, consistent pressure to your teeth in order to move them into their proper positions. Some patients require additional orthodontic accessories, such as small rubber bands, to achieve optimum results. You will visit us periodically (every 6 – 8 weeks or so) so we can adjust the braces and monitor the movements of your teeth.
We will be able to provide you with details about your treatment journey after we have the opportunity to examine your teeth during your consultation. We will also be pleased to answer your questions about what you should eat and how you should clean your teeth throughout your time with braces.
Traditional braces are appropriate for a wide range of individuals. They are useful for both children and adults, and they can correct many different orthodontic issues, from the mild to severe. Some examples of problems they can usually address include:
Of course, traditional braces are not ideal for everyone. If you have mild to moderate dental misalignment and would prefer a more discrete way to straighten your teeth, ask us about Invisalign® clear aligners. Our goal is to create a treatment plan that meets both your needs and your preferences.
Some of the most outstanding benefits of traditional braces include:
Our team is ready to help you straighten your teeth with traditional braces in East Hartford. Since this treatment requires a significant investment of time and money, however, we understand if you want more information before you commit to anything. To help you out, we have put together a list of answers to some frequently asked questions about braces. If you do not see your specific questions addressed, get in touch with us so we can personally assist you.
In the eyes of many people, traditional metal braces are associated with childhood and adolescence. However, it is important to note that there is no upper age limit for this treatment. People in their 30s, 40s, and beyond have been able to benefit from it. In fact, close to one-quarter of orthodontic patients are adults!
Treatment is largely the same for both children and adults. However, adult treatment may take slightly longer. Also, while some insurance policies cover orthodontia for minors, they are less likely to do so for older patients. Our practice offers convenient payment options for adults who do not want to pay for the entirety of their braces upfront.
Teeth have a sort of memory, which means that after your braces are removed, they may start to drift back into their original positions. To prevent this, you must wear a retainer. There are a few different types of retainers, including those that are removable and those that are fixed to the teeth. If you have a removable one, you should wear it full-time (20 – 22 hours each day) at first. Later, you may be able to wear it only at night. Eventually, you might need it for just a few nights each week.
Most cases take 1 – 3 years to complete. Your treatment timeline will depend largely on the extent of your dental misalignment; logically, more severe and complex cases take longer to correct. Other factors that can influence how long you will wear braces include:
Some soreness is to be expected immediately after you receive your braces, as well as after any adjustment appointment. This happens because braces apply pressure to the teeth, which naturally can cause some discomfort. The metal brackets and wires of braces can also irritate the mouth’s soft tissues.
Here are some tips to help you cope with braces-related discomfort: