What are Traditional Braces?
Crooked or spaced out teeth are some of the main factors leading to people feeling self-conscious of their smile. Traditional metal braces have proven to be one of the best ways to not only improve the oral health of these patients but also to help them regain their love of their smile. By slowly pushing the teeth into their ideal position, braces are able to gradually reshape the mouth. Once the braces are removed, the teeth should stay in their new position with only minor help from a retainer.
While traditional braces are usually associated with children and teenagers, they can be used on patients of all ages. You're never too old to have a great smile. Schedule an appointment at West Bridgewater Dental in West Bridgewater, MA today, and learn if metal braces are right for you.
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Am I an Ideal Candidate for Traditional Braces?
From children to seniors, braces are an efficient way to fight back against the effects of poor teeth alignment. However, if you have gum disease, traditional braces may not be the right treatment for you. Ideal candidates should be in good health and suffer from one or more of the following:
- Too much space between teeth
- Open bite
- Gummy smile
How do Traditional Braces Work?
Depending on the specific needs of your teeth, our team will create a custom plan for your braces. The amount of time the braces must be worn will vary, depending on the severity of the misalignment, but younger patients usually require less time than those who are older. The braces are made up of small metal brackets that are connected to each individual tooth. These brackets are then threaded with wires that lightly guide the teeth into their correct position.
Patients fitted with traditional braces will be required to return for monthly appointments in which their braces and teeth will be checked and possibly adjusted. Many patients find that metal braces may make it more difficult to brush and floss their teeth, but it is still important to maintain good oral hygiene during this time in order to keep the teeth healthy and strong.
What Can I Expect After Traditional Braces Are removed?
Once the teeth have been completely realigned and the braces are removed, most patients will be fitted for a retainer. This will prevent the teeth from moving back to their previous position. Depending on the preference of the patient, the retainer can be permanently affixed to the back of the teeth or in the form of a removable mouthpiece. For long-lasting results, patients should keep up with their dental care routine, including brushing, flossing, cleaning, and dental exams.
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Brace Yourself For a Perfect Smile
A new smile can bring out a whole new you. Improve your teeth and your oral health by scheduling a consultation with our experienced staff today. We can help determine whether braces or any other alternatives might be able to give you the smile you've always wanted.