Braces, an orthodontic treatment method, straighten and position teeth to create a balanced bite (or occlusion), while sometimes also correcting cosmetic issues. A balanced bite means that upper and lower teeth fit together well when the jaws are closed; top and bottom teeth meet in a position so that the jaw joints can rest when the mouth is shut.
Braces can correct open bites, over bite, under bites, and cross bites. They can also correct cosmetic issues unrelated to occlusion, such as slightly overlapped, gapped, or twisted teeth. Children as young as seven years old can begin interceptive orthodontics with braces and other appliances, such as expanders and spacers. Children sometimes benefit from phased orthodontic treatment, in which braces are worn two or more times during adolescence and young adult years. Adults can also wear braces.
The components of braces apply pressure, which shifts teeth over time. As the teeth move, new bone forms to provide support for the newly positioned teeth. Braces are made up of several parts and your needs and budget can determine the type of braces you receive. With traditional bracket-and-wire braces, the small bracket placed on the front of each tooth is attached with cement or adhesive.
Arch wires attach to the brackets and guide repositioning of the teeth. Arch wires are attached to the brackets with ties or rubber, which may be clear, coloured, ceramic, or metal. Spacers, tubes, and springs may also be used in braces, depending on the needs of the patient. Braces have evolved greatly over the years, and patients now have many choices to make. The dentist will advise you on which options are available for the braces your case requires.
Straightening your teeth with braces provides cosmetic as well as health benefits. The cosmetic benefits include a more attractive smile, which will make you feel better about your appearance. If braces correct an obvious bite issue, your face shape may become more esthetically pleasing, as well. Health benefits include making brushing and flossing easier, which aids in preventing decay and gum disease and improves breath. In some cases, braces can alleviate pressure between teeth, which could otherwise result in tooth breakage or loss.
What you’ll spend on braces depends on the type of braces you need and length of treatment. If you require restorative dentistry before wearing braces, calculate in those fees, as well. Some patients require a palate expander or a retainer prior to having braces, which add to the overall cost of treatment.
At Tooth Corner, we offer braces for as low as $199 per month, we accept private and government insurances, and we have various payment plans available. We aim to make dental care affordable for everyone!
Because braces are an investment, you should take care of them properly. Brushing and flossing after every meal remain an integral part of caring for your teeth and patients should also avoid certain foods. Hard or sticky foods can harm your braces; avoid chewing gum and popcorn, as well. Regular adjustment and checkup visits are a non-negotiable part of orthodontic treatment, so plan to attend every scheduled appointment. If you take good care of your teeth, work with the dentist throughout treatment, and comply with special instructions (like wearing bands), treatment should go as planned, and you will soon be enjoying your more attractive smile, a healthier bite, and improved confidence!
Your experienced Tooth Corner dentist will help you claim the smile you have always wanted – straight, healthy, and unforgettable. Call us today to schedule an orthodontic consultation to discuss braces for you or your child.