Braces (Orthodontics)

added on: July 20, 2010

As a courtesy, we offer complimentary orthodontic consultations.


About Braces

Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that deals with teeth alignment,  jaw corrections, facial orthopedics and cosmetics.

We typically use  three types of braces:

  • Conventional metal braces, which employ the use of stainless steel brackets and bands.
  • Porcelain or plastic brackets that are cemented or bonded to the teeth.
  • “Invisalign style” clear aligners


Orthodontic procedures are complex processes.

In most cases, we will need to make a plaster model of your teeth and take specific orthodontic x-rays of your head and mouth.

After orthodontic appliances are placed, we need to be adjusted from time to time to ensure that they continue to move the teeth into their correct position.

Retainers are used following braces to ensure that teeth remain in position.

Aesthetic and Comfort Issues

Advances in technology have vastly improved appearance issues with orthodontics.

Braces today are made from extremely lightweight and natural-colored materials.  Braces attached to the surface of your teeth by a bonding process which can be later removed.

You can expect to wear braces for about 18 -36 months on average depending on the severity of your cases.

Because orthodontic appliances need to be adjusted from time to time to ensure they continue to move the teeth into their correct position, they can create pressure on the teeth and jaws. This mild discomfort usually subsides following each orthodontia adjustment.

Hygiene issues

People who wear braces must be diligent in ensuring that food particles and other debris do not get trapped in the network of brackets and wires. In addition, brackets can leave stains on enamel if the area surrounding them is not cleaned on a daily basis.

Daily oral hygiene such as brushing, flossing and rinsing are a necessity. Some people with orthodontic appliances can benefit from using water picks, which emit small pressurized bursts of water that can effectively rinse away such debris.

Braces and sticky foods don’t mix. Crunchy snacks and chewy substances should be avoided at all costs because they can cause orthodontia to be loosened or damaged.

I would recommend that your child be looked at an orthodontic evaluation as soon as your child loses their first baby tooth. If your child loses a baby tooth early through decay or injury, his or her other teeth could shift and begin to fill the vacant space. When your child’s permanent teeth emerge, there’s not enough room for them. The result is crooked or crowded teeth and difficulties with chewing or speaking.

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