Traditional Orthodontics – Newtown, Connecticut
Straighten Teeth with Bracket & Wire Braces
Whether you just want to close some gaps between teeth, or you need to correct serious bite alignment issues, traditional bracket and wire braces may offer an effective solution. For decades, orthodontists have relied on bracket and wire braces to deliver healthy, beautiful smiles for our patients. If you or your teenage child have been putting off orthodontic treatment, it’s time to visit the Dentists of Newtown. Our skilled team of dental professionals includes an experienced orthodontist, Dr. Michael Roth. When you’re ready to learn more about your orthodontic treatment options, call our Newtown dental office to schedule a treatment consultation with Dr. Roth. He’ll partner with you to find the best treatment option to deliver straight, beautiful smiles.
How Bracket & Wire Braces Work
Traditional braces use a series of brackets and wires to shift teeth into their ideal position. Brackets are cemented onto the front of teeth. Then the wires are connected through the brackets. At regular dental appointments, we adjust the wires to place pressure on specific teeth. The force will gently shift the tooth into a new position. Then, we adjust again until each tooth is in its ideal location. Additionally, patients with more advanced issues like over, under, and crossbite may need us to provide treatment to move the entire bite rather than one tooth at time. For these patients, we will combine banding or oral appliance therapy with bracket and wire braces to reposition the entire smile more quickly.
Every patient is different, and their bracket and wire braces treatment will be different too. Most people complete traditional orthodontics in 18 to 36 months. Some of the factors that may increase the length of treatment time include the following:
- Repositioning individual teeth that have erupted in the wrong direction
- Advanced bite alignment correction
- The need for advanced preparatory services like tooth extractions or gum disease therapy
- Completion of advanced surgical orthodontic procedures like jaw surgery
- Patients skipping their orthodontic appointments or otherwise not being compliant with orthodontic instructions
Advantages of Bracket & Wire Orthodontics
Many people dread the idea of spending many months with a mouthful of brackets and wires, but when traditional braces are the best treatment option, our team can make the process a little less dreadful for patients of all ages, especially preteens and teens. Your creative kids will love all the fun bracket color and shape options and picking out multi-color bands. While kids can still feel self-conscious about the appearance of their braces, they likely have friends who are going through the same thing, and we’ll always remind them that the beautiful smile they’ll have at the end of treatment is well worth spending a few years with brackets and wires.
While bracket and wire braces are often the best option for orthodontic correction, people may still hesitate to complete these treatments. Before beginning any orthodontic treatment, we encourage people to sit down with Dr. Roth to discuss all of their treatment options. Some of situations where traditional bracket and wire braces are the ideal option include:
- Correcting and repositioning severely misaligned jaw and bite issues
- Potential damage to aligners for people who struggle with nighttime teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism)
- Preteens and teens who may lack the necessary commitment to maintain compliance with alignment tray options