If your teeth and/ or jaws aren’t in perfect alignment, not only does it impact on how good your smile looks, but can also cause a wide range of dental problems from the excessive wearing of teeth and gums to periodontal disease and cosmetic issues such as discoloration of the teeth. That’s why traditional orthodontic options for realigning the teeth and gums are so popular, and often extremely necessary.
The best dental care looks at the whole picture and that means preventing, as well as treating dental issues. That’s why we offer a range of traditional orthodontic options that focus on correcting mouth irregularities in our patients. If you have a misaligned jaw or crooked teeth, you need braces.
What are braces?
When it comes to traditional orthodontic options, most people think of brace, and with good reason - braces are a tried and tested method of getting the mouth and jaw back into alignment. They are pretty painless and able to create the beautiful smile you deserve in less time than you might think, but what exactly are dental braces?
Dental braces are a means of moving or straightening your teeth. They can also be used to help spread the pressure from biting more evenly across the mouth so that it is a less painful experience for you. Typically, they are made from either stainless steel or ceramic, although clear aligners are becoming more popular.
The components that typically make up these traditional orthodontic options in Brigham City, Utah are:
Brackets are typically attached to the outer surface of the teeth, but they can also be affixed to the back of teeth where they will be out of view.
Bands are placed around the teeth in a ring-like manner. Typically, these are made from titanium or stainless steel. A buccal tube is affixed to bands that are located on the last molar to keep the braces in place. Rubber spacer bands are also placed in-between molars to ensure that the teeth are correctly positioned.
A flexible wire is used to connect each bracket and band together as one whole brace.
Rubber bands are used to secure the wires, and often to help move the teeth around as needed.
Temporary anchorage devices
Temporary anchorage devices are often used in place of rubber bands or headgear, which is a bit old-fashioned these days. These consist of small screws that are planted into the jawbone so that they can be used as anchors that apply pressure to move teeth into position.
When should you start orthodontic treatment?
Ideally, the transitional orthodontic options we offer in Brigham City, Utah should be used when the patient is in their adolescence or teenage years when their permanent teeth have come in, and thus can be transformed into their best possible configuration ready for a lifetime of use. That being said, it is never too late to have orthodontic treatment and we are seeing more and more adults use our services.
Want to learn more about traditional orthodontic options in Brigham City, Utah? Do not hesitate to get in touch with the expert dentists at Haws Family Dentistry - we’re here to help.