Dental braces are metal appliances used to correct misaligned teeth and are one of the most versatile orthodontics treatments. They can straighten even the most severe case of crowded, misaligned, and crooked teeth. Traditional braces can also rectify bite and jaw problems. At Ygnacio Dental & Orthodontics in Walnut Creek, CA 945961, we provide braces that are sleek, discreet, and more comfortable than ever before!
What Are Braces?
Traditional braces are fabricated from metal. They consist of metal brackets that are secured to the front surface of your teeth or bands that fit around each tooth, as well as flexible archwires that clasp the brackets or bands together. Some braces also include rubber bands that connect the brackets to the wire. These bands exert more pressure to help straighten and align your teeth. By adjusting the bands at timely intervals, our dentists can pressure different bite areas to bring the teeth into the desired position gradually.
What Are the Benefits of Traditional Braces?
- They are more durable and stronger than ceramics or plastics.
- They are very versatile
- They can be adjusted to fit in a problematic mouth when the alignment issue is too severe
- They are economical compared to other orthodontic treatments
- They can also be customized to provide different band colors, adding fun and variety especially for teens
- They also offer significant health improvements as crooked, spaced-out teeth can cause substantial problems if left untreated.
- They are far less invasive than previously thought
What Is the Procedure for Traditional Braces?
After the initial consultation, and if you are suitable for dental braces, the teeth are examined, and X-ray images are taken. During the braces' fitting, a cheek retractor keeps the teeth visible and dry during the procedure. The teeth are first polished to make sure the brackets will bond securely, after which they are air-dried.
A dental adhesive is used to secure the brackets on the teeth, positioned according to the treatment plan drawn up by the orthodontist. Once the dental braces are in the wanted position, the cheek retractor is removed, and dental archwires are placed. The whole placement process is relatively fast and usually takes about 20 minutes.
Regular appointments to adjust the dental wires are mandatory to ensure that the teeth' repositioning continues throughout the process. These appointments are essential because elastic ties that hold the wires in place stretch and weaken with time and reduce the pressure.
At the end of treatment, when the teeth have been relocated as desired, it is time to remove the braces. This process is relatively painless and straightforward. The treatment duration could last from 9 to 18 months, depending on the severity of the misalignment.
Braces can be an excellent solution if you are looking for conventional and affordable teeth straightening options. To learn more, visit Ygnacio Dental & Orthodontics, at 1766 Lacassie Ave # 101, Walnut Creek, CA 945961, or call us at (925) 280-2848!