Are braces right for you?
Even if your teeth are straight, braces can be used to correct a misalignment of the upper and lower jaw. And if not addressed, over time these imperfections can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, or more severe jaw problems.
Adult and children alike can benefit from the corrective application of braces applied by a Tacoma dentist. At One Stop Dentistry, we provide options to suit a variety of budgets and needs. We’ll work with you to get the correction you need for you or your children.
What conditions can braces correct?
- Crossbite (Front Teeth)
- Crossbite (Back Teeth)
- Open Bite
- Abnormal Eruption
- Excessive Spacing
With early screening we can determine when braces are the going to be necessary. We also provide orthodontics for adults.
Do I need adult braces?
Braces aren’t just for young patients. If you’re self-conscious about your smile, now is the time for a change. We’re always happy to provide a consultation to determine the best option for your cosmetic dental needs. Straight teeth are within reach.
Options for braces include:
- Metal – Traditional braces work exceptionally well. Comparing prices for braces place these at a lower price point.
- Ceramic – Offers the same results as traditional braces but are harder to see. These are lighter in color and prone to staining.
- Lingual – These braces are placed on the inside of your teeth and are well hidden. They are harder to clean than other options.
- Clear – Clear braces like Invisalign are comfortable and removable but are not useful for more serious problems.
How do braces work?
Braces are made up of several components.
- Brackets – A single bracket attaches to each tooth. A bracket is composed of ceramic or metal. Brackets are attached to teeth either using a metal band or glue.
- Arch Wire – This wire puts pressure on the teeth. A different wire runs through the brackets attached to the upper and lower teeth.
- Ligature elastic – These elastic bands hold the brackets onto the wire and are manually adjustable.
- Bands – Bands add pressure against the teeth. This pressure pushes the teeth towards one another.
The arch wire places pressure on the brackets. This pressure causes the teeth to move. Pressure applied by braces is constant. It’s this pressure that slowly moves teeth into a favorable position. Teeth sit within the periodontal ligament. When pressure pushes the ligament against the mandible (lower jaw) or maxima (upper jaw) it tells the bone to break down. As the tooth changes position, your body produces enzymes that work to rebuild the jaw behind it. That’s how braces help to reposition teeth without hurting the structure or stability of the mandible and maxilla.
Contact our Tacoma Dentist Office today to start your orthodontic treatment!
Getting braces doesn’t have to be stressful. When you want affordable braces for your child or yourself, we’ve got the options and expertise you want from a cosmetic dentist. Call or contact us today. It’s time to smile again.