Dental braces are orthodontic devices that reposition the teeth to correct a wide range of alignment issues. At Dental Health Center, we commonly use orthodontic treatment with braces to improve the appearance, function, and overall oral health of patients with misalignment issues.
Dental braces typically consist of brackets, wires, and elastic bands, and they work by exerting gentle and controlled pressure on the teeth to move them into their desired positions gradually. By aligning the teeth and jaws, braces can improve oral function, make oral hygiene easier, enhance the smile's appearance, and promote overall oral health.
Types of BracesMetal Braces
Traditional metal braces are made from high-grade stainless steel. They consist of metal brackets bonded to each tooth's front surface and connected by metal wires. Metal braces are durable, economical, and highly effective for correcting orthodontic issues.
Ceramic braces are similar to traditional metal braces, but the brackets are tooth-colored or clear ceramic. This makes them less noticeable on the teeth, providing a more aesthetically pleasing option. Ceramic braces are popular among individuals who desire a more discreet treatment option.
Self-ligating braces are similar to traditional braces but use brackets with built-in clips or doors to hold the archwire. This eliminates the need for elastic or metal ties and reduces friction, the number of appointments required throughout treatment, and potentially the treatment duration. Self-ligating braces are available in metal or ceramic options.
Clear aligners like Invisalign are a popular alternative to traditional braces. They consist of custom-made, clear, removable trays that move the teeth into the desired positions gradually. Clear aligners are nearly invisible, comfortable to wear, and offer flexibility as they can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. They are suitable for mild to moderate orthodontic issues.
Uses of BracesCorrecting Misaligned Teeth
Braces are often used to straighten teeth that are crowded, misaligned, or improperly spaced. By applying gentle and controlled forces, braces gradually move the teeth into their proper positions, improving alignment and creating a more even and aesthetically pleasing smile.
Braces can effectively close gaps or spaces between teeth. These gaps can occur due to natural tooth size discrepancies, missing teeth, or habits like tongue thrusting. Braces help shift the teeth closer together, closing the spaces and improving overall dental alignment.
Overcrowding of teeth refers to a situation where there is insufficient space in the dental arch to accommodate all the teeth properly. This can lead to misaligned or rotated teeth, making oral hygiene more challenging. Braces can help create space by gradually aligning the teeth and improving dental alignment.
Orthodontic treatment with braces can provide aesthetic improvements, enhance oral function, and improve overall oral health. To learn more about braces, visit the trusted dentist in Rexburg, ID, located at 56 Professional Plaza, Rexburg, ID 83440, or call (208) 356-9262.