At any age, patients deserve to have straight, healthy smiles that function without pain, allowing them to consume a wide range of nutrient rich foods. For patients struggling with bite alignment issues, unevenly spaced smiles, or crooked teeth, correcting your orthodontic concerns can dramatically improve your oral health and give you more reasons to smile. At Sachse Family Dentistry, we offer orthodontic treatment options that work for teens and adults, including traditional bracket and wire braces. If you want to learn more about your orthodontic options, call our team to schedule a smile alignment consultation today. We look forward to seeing you in our state-of-the-art, family-friendly Sachse dental office soon.
Why Should I Straighten My Teeth?
When your teeth are not properly positioned, a number of outcomes may occur that adversely impact your oral and overall health, including:
- Uneven bite pressure may lead to excess wear on specific teeth that further exacerbates the misalignment
- Teeth are at increased risk for damage or decay
- Teeth may be more difficult to clean putting patients at risk for cavities and gum disease
- Improper bite function may lead to strain on the TMJ making it difficult or painful for patients to speak, chew, smile, or yawn
- The flawed appearance may case patients to lack the confidence to share their smile with others
What are the Benefits of Traditional Braces?
Traditional bracket and wire braces have been used for decades to provide effective, predictable orthodontic treatment. Even the most severe bite misalignment and incorrect tooth positioning can be addressed using bracket and wire braces. Kids and adults can achieve their desired smile alignment with traditional braces treatments.
How do Traditional Braces Work?
Traditional braces use wires attached to brackets to shift teeth into alignment. The brackets are cemented onto the front surfaces of teeth. Then the wires are strung through the brackets. Every few weeks, you’ll visit our team, so we can adjust the wires to place pressure on specific teeth. For those patients who need to correct the positioning of their entire bite, we may also use bands to move an arch of teeth forward, backward, or from side to side. Over the course of 18 to 36 months, patients are able to achieve a flawlessly aligned smile that looks great and functions flawlessly. Following the removal of your brackets and wires, you’ll need to wear a retainer. This orthodontic appliance holds your teeth in their new position until the roots have had time to fuse with bone and gum tissue to ensure your smile stays firmly in this new position.
How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?
Your treatment time will depend on a number of factors, including whether or not:
- You need preparatory treatments like tooth extraction or treatment for chronic oral health concerns
- You keep up with regular orthodontic adjustment appointments in our office
- You need to correct the positioning of individual, crooked teeth
- You need to correct serious alignment issues like over, under, or crossbite
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What Is Phase 1 Orthodontics?
Many individuals think that orthodontic treatment is exclusively for adolescents and adults. In fact, experts recommend that all children have their first orthodontist visit by the time they’re 7 years old. At this initial consultation, Dr. Rottman will evaluate the positioning of your child’s teeth as well as their jaw development. Then, he might recommend phase 1 orthodontics.
During phase 1 orthodontics, special appliances help a child’s jaw to develop properly. The treatment generally takes 9 – 12 months, and it has the potential to prevent many future issues for children. In some cases, it can prevent the need for surgery or future orthodontic treatment.
What Is Phase 2 Orthodontics?
Some children still need orthodontic attention after phase 1 treatment. Phase 2 treatment, which begins after a child has developed all of their adult teeth, typically involves traditional metal braces in Sachse. The braces help to move the child’s teeth into their proper places. Thanks to the phase 1 treatment, your child’s experience with braces should be easier and simpler than if you had waited to bring them to see an orthodontist for the first time.
What Is Invisalign?
In addition to traditional orthodontics in Sachse, we also offer Invisalign. Instead of using brackets and wires to straighten teeth, Invisalign employs a series of clear thermoplastic aligners. The aligners apply gentle pressure to teeth to reposition them over time. Many adults with mild to moderate dental misalignment flock to Invisalign because it is so discreet; the aligner trays are practically invisible. And since the Invisalign trays are removable, they allow patients to continue their normal oral hygiene and eating habits throughout the course of their treatment.Learn More About Invisalign
At Sachse Family Dentistry, we want all of our patients to have a healthy smile they can be proud of. That’s why we offer traditional orthodontic treatment to help shift your teeth into their healthiest and most attractive alignment. Countless patients have achieved a gorgeous set of pearly whites thanks to braces in Sachse. However, we understand that some people are hesitant to commit to this treatment, especially since it can take up to three years to complete. To help ease your mind, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions about traditional braces.
Does Getting Braces Hurt?
When you first get your braces put on, and when you get them adjusted, your teeth may feel a bit sore or sensitive. This is completely normal. In fact, this is a sign that your treatment is working. Braces straighten your teeth by gradually shifting them into the proper alignment.
You can manage this discomfort by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen as needed. It might also help to eat soft foods on the days when you get your braces adjusted. Keep in mind that your braces should never cause you outright pain. If they do, call us immediately.
What Can I Expect After Getting My Braces Off?
Even after wearing braces for quite some time, it can take a while for your teeth to get used to their new positions. For this reason, we’ll prescribe a retainer for you to wear after you get your braces taken off. This orthodontic appliance should be worn anywhere from a few days to several months, depending on your unique case. After enough time has passed, you’ll likely be able to switch to only wearing the retainer at night.
Am I Too Old for Braces?
Not at all! There is no upper age limit for braces. It’s worth mentioning, though, that orthodontic treatment may take slightly longer for older folks than it would for teens or young adults. This is because as you age, your tooth roots become more firmly embedded in the jawbone, making it a little more difficult to change their positions.
How Often Will I Need to See the Dentist During My Treatment?
In addition to seeing your dentist in Sachse every six months for a routine checkup and cleaning, you’ll also need to come in regularly so that we can adjust your braces. These visits will usually occur every four to six weeks. We’ll assess your progress and then tighten your braces so they can align your teeth as efficiently as possible.