Do you have crooked or misaligned teeth? The Dentists of Newtown offer traditional braces to children and adults in Newtown, PA. Braces offer an innovative way for patients to address orthodontic problems. Patients with an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or simply misaligned teeth can create a uniform smile with braces.
Braces can offer orthodontic and cosmetic dental treatment to improve the alignment and health of the smile. Patients with crooked teeth are more likely to deal with bite problems, tooth decay, and gum disease. This is because it can be difficult to clean between misaligned teeth.
Straightening the smile makes it easier to maintain a good oral hygiene routine and supports a comfortable, balanced bite.
The Benefits of Metal Braces
Some children and adults may be hesitant about braces. We encourage our patients to schedule a consultation in our office so they can explore their treatment options with our specialists and discuss their concerns. In many cases, braces can be the best option to realign your smile and improve your long-term dental health.
Today’s patients enjoy more options and improved technology for orthodontic care. we can achieve exceptional results for those with orthodontic problems and create a beautiful new smile that will support a lifetime of optimal dental health.
Braces can address bite problems and severe tooth misalignment. We will often recommend traditional braces over clear aligners for patients who have moderate to severe orthodontic issues. Traditional braces will often deliver the best results for patients with these specific needs.
Metal braces are also better suited to patients with bruxism, or teeth clenching and grinding. Clear aligners can become easily damaged by bruxism. Finally, for teens and preteens who may find it difficult to comply with the use and care of clear aligners, braces may be the better option.
Treatment with Metal Braces
To begin orthodontic treatment, we thoroughly examine the smile to determine your orthodontic needs. We apply metal brackets to each tooth, which are connected by metal wires. At routine appointments, we tighten the brackets to help the teeth realign into a straighter position.
It may take longer for some patients to straighten their smiles than for others. Patients who require jaw surgery, tooth extractions, or periodontal therapy prior to their orthodontic treatment will have an overall longer treatment time. Additionally, patients with teeth that are erupted in different directions or severe bite misalignment may require more time for their teeth to realign comfortably.
Although braces may seem like they are a much longer treatment than Invisalign, some patients will find better results with metal braces.
Caring for Metal Braces
It is important that patients maintain their braces with care. Patients can brush and floss their teeth using techniques that we teach in our office. We recommend that patients avoid eating overly sticky or hard foods when they undergo treatment with braces. This is because these foods can get stuck within the brackets or even damage the metal braces. It is best for braces patients to avoid popcorn, hard candy, nuts, chips, gum, pretzels, and other foods.
Traditional Braces FAQs
Traditional metal braces are one of the most popular and functional ways to straighten crooked teeth. Learn more about metal braces by reading the answers to these commonly asked questions.
How often do you need to adjust metal braces?
Each patient is different, and the tooth-straightening process is unique to everyone. You usually need to come in to get your braces adjusted every 4-10 weeks. Your treatment process is uniquely tailored to you, and you’ll learn the specifications of your treatment plan.
How long does treatment with traditional braces take?
Everything depends on how badly your teeth are misaligned. Metal braces usually take on more complex alignment problems than those of Invisalign. On average, it takes about 16-18 months to complete treatment. For extremely complicated problems, treatment can take 24 months or more.
What can’t I eat with traditional metal braces?
One of the downsides of traditional braces is that your diet is limited. Sticky foods like gum and taffy can get stuck in the brackets and wires and cannot get them out. Hard, crunchy foods like popcorn and hard candy can break the wires of the braces. When you’re biting into corn on the cob or apples, that can also break the mechanisms of the braces.
Are traditional braces painful?
Braces are moving your teeth, so you’re going to occasionally experience some soreness and discomfort. This usually occurs for a few days after you get your braces tightened. Tightening them moves the teeth further into place. Since it’s when the teeth are originally shifting, you’re going to have some discomfort as they adjust.
What’s the hardest part about getting braces?
Patients say that the hardest part is the first week of getting your braces. You have to adjust to the brackets and wires, completely foreign objects in your mouth. You’ll also still have the soreness and discomfort from starting to shift your teeth. Once you’re used to the braces being in your mouth, you’ll hardly notice you even have the brackets on.
Am I a good candidate for braces?
Many people with crooked teeth are able to get braces to straighten their teeth. They’re especially useful for patients that have more severe bite issues and aren’t eligible for alternatives like Invisalign. However, patients that have gum disease or bad oral hygiene aren’t great candidates for braces. You have to be dedicated to proper oral healthcare and ensure that you’re brushing and flossing regularly.
Straighten Crooked Teeth Today
Do you or your child require orthodontic care? Call the Dentists of Newtown at 267-692-2394. You can also request a dental appointment with our professional dental team on our website. Please let us know if you have any questions about your orthodontic options. We will be happy to help.