Braces can transform your smile by adjusting the positions of your teeth to make them more visually appealing, more functional, and easier to clean. The expert dentists at LA Dentists Group in Pasadena and Glendale, California, provide ceramic and metal braces, as well as clear aligners, to alleviate underbite, overbite, crossbite, and other types of malocclusion. Schedule your treatment consultation over the phone or online at the practice today.
Braces are a system of brackets, wires, and bands that work together to straighten your teeth over time. They place pressure on specific points of your arch to gradually guide your teeth into an optimal position for chewing, biting, and oral hygiene.
You might feel like braces are a bit of an inconvenience, especially if you’re getting them in adulthood. Fortunately, braces perform their function quite quickly and offer immense benefits. By aligning your teeth, you can avoid disruptive and costly oral health problems like tooth wear, gum disease, and cavities.
Few people have perfectly straight adult teeth naturally. In fact, crooked teeth in childhood may need early orthodontic treatment before you can get braces.
You might benefit from braces if you have one of these types of malocclusion:
LA Dentists Group offers several types of braces, including ceramic braces and traditional metal braces. The team also gives you a retainer to wear after your treatment with braces is complete; it helps keep your teeth in their new positions.
Yes, but not as many as you might think. The team at LA Dentists Group goes over the do’s and don’ts of having braces long before you start the treatment so you can prepare accordingly.
You should try to avoid any foods or candies that could break your braces off your teeth or get stuck in the wires and brackets. This includes hard and sticky foods such as:
Similarly, you should watch out for absentminded chewing. To keep your braces in place, you should avoid chewing on pencils, toothpicks, and fingernails.
The amount of time you must wear braces depends on the starting point of your teeth and your desired end result. During the consultation and planning period, the team predicts how your teeth will move with braces and can estimate the length of your braces treatment. Most people wear braces for 18-24 months on average.
If you’d like a straighter smile and want to learn more about braces, call LA Dentists Group or request an orthodontic consultation online today.