These days, braces get a bad reputation, but they are still the best orthodontic option for many people when it comes to getting straighter, healthier smiles. At OPD Smiles Orthodontic & Pediatric Dentistry in Lucas, we offer a full range of orthodontic treatments to help kids, teens, and even adults to get a beautiful, healthy, perfectly aligned smile. Whether you’re looking to even out tooth spacing or correct more advanced bite misalignments, traditional braces can deliver beautiful results. If you want to learn more about aligning your smile, give our Lucas dental and orthodontic office a call. We’ll schedule your orthodontic consultation to help you find the right smile alignment solution and keep the smile on your face.
We all know that a straight smile looks great, but there are actually a number oral and overall health concerns related to uneven smiles. Some of the reasons it’s so important to straighten teeth include:
Traditional braces use a series of brackets and wires to place pressure on teeth moving them into their ideal alignment. Brackets are fused to the front surfaces of teeth. Then, wires are connected through the brackets. At regular appointments, we’ll adjust the wires and place pressure on specific teeth to move them into their ideal alignment. For people who have more complex bite misalignment, we may also use bands or oral appliances to shift the entire bite at once rather than one tooth at a time.
Every patient’s braces treatment is unique. In most cases, it takes between 18 and 36 months to move teeth into proper alignment. During your orthodontic consultation, we’ll review your case and give you an accurate estimate of the time it will take to complete your treatment.
After teeth are shifted into their ideal position, it will take time for the supportive alveolar bone and gum tissue to fuse with the tooth roots, holding it firmly in place. As the supportive structures regrow, you’ll need to wear a retainer. The retainer ensures your teeth stay firmly in their new positions. In most cases, you’ll start by wearing the retainer all day. Then, you’ll switch to evenings. We will continue to decrease the amount of time you’ll need to spend wearing the retainer as your teeth become more solidly fused into their new position.