Braces are a classic orthodontic treatment for correcting teeth and bites that are misaligned and/or crooked. They’re one of the most effective ways to improve your smile and one of the most common orthodontic treatments.
Braces are a fixed oral appliance composed of bands, brackets, and an archwire. The brackets are sealed to the front of your teeth, while the archwire is threaded through the brackets and held in place by the bands.
When your dentist tightens your archwire, it exerts a small-but-constant amount of pressure on your teeth that gradually moves them into their target alignment.
Braces are effective at treating a wide range of orthodontic conditions, including:
Braces can also be used for cosmetic purposes, if you’d just like your teeth to be generally straighter.
Properly aligned teeth and bites do much more than just improve the appearance of your smile. They also improve your oral health.
Straight teeth are easier to keep clean, and are thus less susceptible to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. They also do a better job of properly distributing the force in your bite, which makes you less likely to develop jaw conditions like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. And when your bite and bite force are even, it puts less stress on individual teeth, which prevents premature wear and tear and extends the longevity of your smile.
If you’re thinking about braces for your child, it’s best to get a consultation with your dentist as soon as your child’s final baby teeth are loose. At this point, their teeth and jaw are still growing, which can be a helpful time to begin orthodontic treatment.
But even though it’s better to get treatment when you’re younger, you’re never too old to get braces. As technology improves, adult braces are growing more and more common, with a wider range of options that can make treatment with braces quicker, easier, and more discreet.
To learn more about how Dr. Burges can improve the health and appearance of your smile with high-quality braces, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.