Dental braces have been used to treat several orthodontic problems for many years. These are orthodontic tools that are used to straighten or align the teeth and guide them to their proper place. Wires, brackets, and bands make up the structure of braces. Braces help to rectify abnormal tooth positions, jaw alignment, chewing efficiency, and smile aesthetics. These can be recommended to individuals from the age of 7 years. There are several types of braces available; the type of braces recommended to you will be based on the condition of the teeth and your preference.
Types of Braces
Traditional metal braces: This is the most common type of braces used today. They involve metal brackets and wire. This type of braces is useful in treating any type of misalignment problem.
Ceramic braces: This type of braces is most suitable for some individuals who are conscious about visible metal braces. Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces, except instead of metal brackets, it involves ceramic brackets that blend into the natural tooth color and becomes less noticeable.
Lingual braces: Lingual braces are also similar to metal braces, but unlike metal braces, lingual braces are placed on the rear side of the teeth. This makes them less noticeable from the outside. Patients with deep overbite problems are most suitable for lingual braces.
On your consultation visit, we will evaluate your teeth and oral health. All the necessary details, such as pricing, treatment plan, etc., will be discussed with you. This is the time to ask the questions that you have, so come prepared! We may also recommend you get your teeth professionally cleaned or treat any other oral condition, such as periodontal problems or tooth extraction, before getting braces.
On your first appointment, we will take an x-ray and some photographs of your whole mouth and individual teeth. Next, we will scan your mouth using a digital scanner to create an accurate mold of your mouth. On the next appointment, we will fit the braces in your mouth. First, we will place a cheek retractor in your mouth to keep it in place. Then your teeth will be etched to promote proper bonding. Next, with the help of adhesives, the brackets will be placed on your teeth and then hardened using a curing light. The archwire will be inserted through the brackets, and finally, ligature bands will be placed to hold the archwire in place.
Follow-up appointments will be held every few weeks for routine adjustments. We will check your progress and change the bands and the old archwire. Once your treatment period with braces has ended, retainers will be given to you for some time to hold your “corrected” smile in place.
Please reach out to All Smile Dental in Turlock, CA, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Singh. Please call us at (209) 668-3736 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.