Traditional Braces Newtown, PA

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 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 maintaining a good oral hygiene routine easier and supports a comfortable, balanced bite.

Braces in Newtown, Pennsylvania

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 healthy smile that will support a lifetime of optimal dental health.

Braces can address bite problems and severe tooth misalignment. We often recommend traditional braces over clear aligners for patients with moderate to severe orthodontic issues. Traditional braces often deliver the best results for patients with these specific needs. Metal braces are better for patients with bruxism or teeth clenching and grinding. Clear aligners can become easily damaged by bruxism. Finally, braces may be the better option for teens and preteens who may find it difficult to comply with the use and care of clear aligners.

Treatment with Metal Braces

Many adults seek orthodontic treatment for cosmetic reasons, but braces also improve oral health. To begin orthodontic treatment, we thoroughly examine the smile to determine your orthodontic needs. We apply metal brackets to each tooth, connected by metal wires. We tighten the brackets at routine appointments to help the teeth realign into a straighter position.

It may take longer for some patients to straighten their smiles than others. Patients who require jaw surgery, tooth extractions, or periodontal therapy before their orthodontic treatment will have a longer treatment time overall. Additionally, patients with teeth that erupt in different directions or severe bite misalignment may require more time for their teeth to realign comfortably.

Although braces may seem like 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 we teach in our office. We recommend that patients avoid eating overly sticky or hard foods when they undergo treatment with braces. These foods can stick within the brackets or 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 so we can adjust your braces every 4-10 weeks. We uniquely tailor the treatment process 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 you will have a limited diet. 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. Biting into corn on the cob or apples can also break the mechanisms of the braces.

Are traditional braces painful?

Braces move your teeth, so you’ll occasionally experience soreness and discomfort. This usually occurs for a few days after tightening your braces. Tightening them moves the teeth further into place. Since it’s when the teeth are originally shifting, you will have some discomfort as they adjust.

What’s the hardest part about getting braces?

Patients say the hardest part is the first week of getting your braces. You must adjust to the brackets and wires, completely foreign objects in your mouth. You’ll also still feel sore from starting to shift your teeth. Once you adjust to the braces 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 can get braces to straighten their teeth. They’re especially useful for patients who have more severe bite issues and aren’t eligible for alternatives like Invisalign. However, patients who 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.