Traditional braces are perhaps the most common type of orthodontic treatment. At Weideman Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we specialize in traditional braces, as well as straightening appliances. If you or your child needs orthodontic treatment, we can help you determine which orthodontic approach is most appropriate.
Traditional braces consist of metal brackets, which are attached to a thin wire using a series of elastic bands. During treatment, we tighten the wire to put pressure on the teeth, causing them to slowly move to a more proper position. This system can be used to correct crowded teeth, crooked teeth, or a malocclusion (misaligned bite).
Weideman Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics will work together to establish excellent hygiene routines. Our dual-specialist approach will help to prevent cavities and gum disease during treatment.
Caring for Your Traditional Braces
It is very important to maintain good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment. The brackets of traditional braces are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth, making it a bit of challenge to properly clean these areas. The wire that connects the brackets can also make it more difficult to floss.
To prevent plaque and tartar from collecting around the brackets, pay special attention to these areas while brushing. Be sure to use an ADA-approved toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. We suggest an electric toothbrush specifically designed for braces. We may also provide you with a special type of floss that is easier to thread between your teeth and the wire. For added protection, you may want to consider an anti-bacterial mouth rinse.
Advantages of Traditional Braces
Traditional braces are still used in modern orthodontics because they are typically the most effective way to treat extreme overcrowding and malocclusions. When compared to other appliances, they give us greater control over the incremental movement of certain teeth. Traditional braces are also one of the most cost-effective treatments available today.
Some patients are concerned with the esthetics of their braces, however modern braces are more visually appealing than ever before due to smaller brackets and thinner wires. Due to advancement in bracket technology, modern braces are more comfortable and require shorter treatment times!
Life After Traditional Braces
Retainers are essential to maintaining your endless smile! Our orthodontic team cares as much about your smile as you do, and we want to be sure that it lasts a lifetime. Our orthodontic specialists recommend wearing your retainers all day and night, only taking them out to eat. After a year of wearing your retainers consistently, our orthodontist will evaluate to see if you are suited for nightly wear.
We offer a few different retainers depending on your preferences. Many patients choose a clear plastic retainer similar to aligner trays. Others use a more traditional appliance made from acrylic and a thin metal wire.
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See if traditional braces or other orthodontic treatment is right for you. Call (916) 962-0577 to schedule your consultation now!