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Straighten Your Teeth with Traditional Metal Braces

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Traditional metal braces have stuck around for a reason: They work. And, thankfully for the people who do need to wear metal braces, this type of orthodontia has gotten better and far more user-friendly as it aligns your teeth and bite to provide you with a healthier and more beautiful smile.

Adults and Traditional Metal Braces

Orthodontics is a dental specialty because it involves not only straightening teeth, but also aligning the jaw. Through carefully designed tooth movement and guidance, your dentist will customize an orthodontic treatment plan so that your metal braces get the job done as efficiently as possible.

The stigma of wearing braces is hard to shake at any age, but being a “brace face” isn’t what it used to be. Brackets are smaller, orthodontic materials are kinder, and it’s possible to get clear braces that are less noticeable than metal braces. The benefits of aligning your smile are far greater than the disadvantages you may perceive while wearing traditional metal braces. However, for adults who crave a straight smile without being obvious about their treatment, Invisalign may be an appealing option.

Does Your Child Need Braces?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that parents take their children to an orthodontist by the age of 7 in order to have an evaluation of the child’s bite and to see how their teeth are developing. This appointment allows major alignment issues to be addressed early, if possible, which could ultimately eliminate the need for braces at a later age.

There are certain signs that may indicate that your child is in need of a visit to the orthodontist, regardless of their age, such as:

  • Having difficult biting or chewing food.
  • Losing their baby teeth at a very early age or very late.
  • Teeth that are crowded, blocked, or in the wrong place.
  • Shifting, noisy jaws.
  • Mouth breathing.
  • Abnormally shaped teeth.
  • Teeth that do not meet.
  • Disproportionate jaw and teeth compared to the rest of their face.

There is a good chance that, if you needed braces as a teen, your child is likely to need them as well. Malocclusion – misalignment – is often an inherited trait. Keeping an eye on your child’s habits, however, can help prevent the need for extreme orthodontic treatment. Do your best to wean your child from a pacifier by the age of 3, and don’t prolong the use of a bottle. Discourage your child from sucking their thumb or fingers. And see the dentist twice a year for cleanings and exams.

Most Common Types of Alignment Problems

Orthodontics are intended to treat bite irregularities and malocclusion. When your teeth don’t fit together perfectly, traditional metal braces adjust teeth into position so that the patient is free of pain and able to speak and eat with confidence.

The most common types of misalignment include:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Open bite

You want your teeth to function as intended and without pain or difficulty. Teeth should easily fit within your mouth without being squished, crooked, or twisted.

Benefits of Wearing Traditional Metal Braces

Besides the obvious benefits of wearing traditional metal braces – you will ultimately end up with a straight, functioning smile – there are other perks to getting orthodontia:

  • Eat better and digest your food better: When your teeth are in alignment, you’ll feel confident about eating any type of food. The worry of food getting stuck between your crooked teeth or being difficult to bite or chew will be eliminated. And when your teeth are in alignment and it isn’t painful to chew, your teeth will do good work of disintegrating your nourishment so your digestive system doesn’t have to work harder, reducing your risk of developing indigestion or ulcers.
  • Speak more clearly: Believe it or not, crooked teeth impact your ability to speak clearly and speak well. You won’t trip over your words with a straight set of teeth.
  • Live without pain: Misaligned teeth can be painful. You may be more likely to bite your lips or cheeks, and a jaw that is out of whack can cause you chronic pain.
  • Better oral health: It’s easier to clean straight teeth. A smile that is in alignment means a simpler job of getting that dental floss in and out of teeth, and a more thorough brushing of all areas of each tooth’s enamel. Your teeth will look and feel better when they’re straight, which means you are at a lower risk of developing cavities or gum disease.
  • Greater confidence: Your confidence will be at an all-time high when you have straight teeth to show the world. You’ll look happier and be happier because you’ll feel comfortable about smiling and what other people are seeing in your mouth.

Aligning your smile is transformative. You will look better, feel better, and have greater confidence about flashing a grin. Find out whether you qualify for orthodontia. Make an appointment with Dr. Rodriguez or Dr. Schmeiser today to discuss your traditional metal braces or Invisalign options.