You probably know that there are several orthodontic systems that can straighten teeth. There’s Invisalign®, which uses clear plastic aligners to realign your smile. There is also a system that looks a lot like traditional metal braces but uses tooth colored brackets and wires. But if you really want the most reliable system, then nothing can match traditional orthodontics. These braces are based on years and years of research and trial. For traditional orthodontics in Weatherford, see Dr. Romack at Cosmetic & Family Dentistry.
Traditional braces are the most often recommended treatment style for just about any type of alignment problem. Whether your child’s smile or yours is affected by overcrowding or rotated teeth, gaps between teeth, or an overbite, crossbite or underbite, standard metal brackets and wires can correct one or a combination of these concerns. The treatment time depends on the specific set of circumstances that each case presents, but most children and adults wear braces for no more than 24 months.
Traditional braces consist of metal brackets that are adhesively bonded to the facial side of teeth. Arch wires clip into those brackets, and elastic bands hold the wires in place. To keep the wires from shifting, metal bands are looped around molars to hold them in place.
About every six to eight weeks, you’ll come to see your dentist in Weatherford to have your braces adjusted. As you progress through treatment, you will gradually begin to see your smile get closer and closer to perfect alignment.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should be evaluated for braces by the time they are seven years old. By this age, their permanent front teeth and their first molars have all erupted. Dr. Romack will examine your child’s dentition to see if there is any existing or developing eruption problems. She will also check to see if there are problems involving the growth of their jaw, protruding teeth or crowded teeth.
After an initial evaluation, Dr. Romack will talk to you about whether or not early orthodontic intervention could be helpful to your child.
In addition to creating a more appealing smile, traditional braces can also improve your oral health. When teeth are straight, they are easier to clean with daily brushing and flossing. Thus, your entire mouth will be healthier once orthodontic treatment is completed.