You probably know that there are several orthodontic systems available. There’s Invisalign®, which uses clear plastic aligners to move your teeth. Then there is a system that looks a lot like traditional metal braces but uses tooth colored brackets and wires. But if you really want the most reliable system, then nothing can match traditional orthodontics that specially trained dentists and orthodontists have been using for years. These braces are based on years and years of research. In fact, there is evidence to show that the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all tried to straighten teeth in a rather primitive fashion that resembles standard braces of today. For traditional orthodontics in Montgomery, residents know to trust Dr. Iverson with their smiles.
Evaluation for Traditional Braces in Montgomery
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should be evaluated for braces by the time they are seven years old. By this age, most children’s permanent front teeth have erupted as well as their first molars. Montgomery dentist Dr. Iverson will evaluate your son or daughter’s dentition to determine if there are any existing or developing eruption problems. He will also check to see if there are problems involving the growth of their jaw, protruding teeth or crowded teeth.
After an initial evaluation, Dr. Montgomery will be able to recommend whether or not early orthodontic intervention could be helpful to your child.
Problems Treated with Traditional Orthodontics
For many years traditional braces have been the most often recommended treatment style for most every type of alignment problem. If your child’s smile or yours is affected by overcrowding or crooked teeth, irregular spacing between teeth, or an overbite, crossbite or underbite, then standard metal brackets and wires can treat any combination of these concerns. While treatment time depends on the specific set of circumstances that each case presents, most children and adults wear braces for no more than two years.
The Secret of Traditional Braces
Traditional braces are comprised of metal brackets that are adhesively bonded to the front side of your teeth; arch wires that clip into the brackets; elastic bands to hold the wires in place; and metal bands that are looped around molars to keep the wires from shifting within the brackets.
Every time you come to see your dentist near me to have your braces adjusted, your teeth will move closer to perfect alignment. As you progress through treatment, you will gradually begin to see your smile get straighter and straighter.
Braces for a Beautiful and Healthy Smile
In addition to creating a smile that is more attractive, traditional braces can also improve your oral health. When teeth are straight, they are easier to clean with daily brushing and flossing. As a result, your entire mouth will be healthier after orthodontics.