Traditional Braces

Most people want a straight smile. Not only is it more attractive, but straight teeth are easier to clean, which is beneficial to oral health. At Smile Scarsdale, we offer traditional braces to treat a variety of teeth alignment issues. This is one of the most popular choices in orthodontics and can help you to achieve a smile you’ll love in Scarsdale.

How do braces work?

Orthodontic treatments, whether they are metal braces or clear aligners, work by applying a steady and gentle amount of pressure on the teeth in a calculated way to gradually change their position along the gum line. Alignment issues such as crooked or crowded teeth, a misaligned bite, and jaw problems can all be addressed with orthodontic treatment.

What are traditional braces?

Traditional braces consist of a system of metal wires and brackets. The metal brackets are fixed to the teeth using an adhesive, then connected to each other via a wire. The wire is periodically adjusted and tightened so that it consistently exerts pressure on the teeth to alter their position.

Although this treatment is a popular choice in orthodontics, it is somewhat infamous for being uncomfortable and unattractive. However, advancements in dental technology have resulted in improvements in both comfort and appearance, with smaller and sleeker attachments. It is commonly seen in teenagers, but adults can also benefit from the use of traditional braces. A typical treatment takes one to three years, depending on the severity of the occlusion. Once treatment is complete, a retainer will be needed to preserve the new position of the teeth, preventing them from shifting back to their original positions.

Maintenance of braces

Metal braces will require special maintenance, with careful brushing and flossing of the teeth as well as avoiding certain foods that can damage the appliance. Regular visits to the dentist will also be needed to have the wires tightened as well as to keep an eye on the progress of the treatment.

If you are considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or your children in Scarsdale, contact us at Smile Scarsdale. We will be able to examine the current position of the teeth and evaluate overall oral health. We can discuss your needs and goals as well as treatment options to choose the best orthodontic treatment for you.

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