There are many orthodontic treatments on the market today, but that does not mean traditional braces have fallen into obsolescence. In fact, this time-tested treatment is still one of the most popular ways that patients choose to achieve straighter teeth. If you are interested in addressing your dental misalignment and striving for a healthier smile, the team at Gillis Dental in Needham is ready to serve you. Contact our friendly staff to learn more or to request a consultation.
Without treatment for orthodontic issues, you may find that you lack self-confidence, that you are at a greater risk of oral health problems, and that you face a number of daily inconveniences. Braces may be able to help you by straightening your teeth via a bracket-and-wire system. Brackets get attached to the teeth, and a wire connects them. As the braces are periodically adjusted by our team, your teeth will gradually shift into their correct positions. Treatment with braces takes, on average, anywhere from 12 to 36 months.
Braces can address almost any orthodontic issue, from mild cosmetic misalignment to severe problems that pose a serious threat to a patient’s oral health. During your consultation, we will examine your mouth to make sure that braces are right for you. Here are a few examples of orthodontic issues that this treatment is often able to fix:
Overbite, underbite, crossbite, and other types of malocclusions can affect your facial profile and increase your risk of TMJ dysfunction (TMD). Braces, often with the help of specialized accessories, can help your upper and lower teeth to work harmoniously together.
Crowded, crooked, and overlapping teeth may trap food between them and increase your risk of cavities and gum disease. They can also be unsightly. Braces may be able to shift your teeth so that each one has the space it needs to function optimally. In some cases, one or more extractions are also necessary.
Gaps between the teeth can seem cute, but they can actually be a detriment to your oral health. For example, they can leave your gums exposed to harm. Braces are often able to bring teeth closer together in order to optimize oral function and minimize risks.
To keep your braces in great shape, you should: