An Introduction to Braces

Orthodontic braces are commonly used to correct malocclusion (bad bite) and misalignment of the teeth. Braces are typically recommended for children and teenagers, but an increasing number of adults are now seeking orthodontic treatments. Dental braces owe their success to technology that supports predictable results. Braces are tailored to the wearer’s unique needs and create beautifully straight smiles.

There are several common alignment problems that dental braces can fix:

  • Underbite – The lower jaw projects further than the upper jaw

  • Overbite – The upper jaw projects further than the lower jaw

  • Overcrowding –The teeth twist or are misaligned due to insufficient space in arches

  • Crossbite – Teeth on the upper arch bite down inside or outside of the corresponding teeth on the lower arch and vice versa

Why Choose Braces?

Crooked, twisted or poorly spaced teeth can be an aesthetic issue, but malocclusion and dental misalignment impact far more than appearance. In fact, malocclusion has been linked to other dental problems, as well as uncomfortable physical issues. Even a single improperly positioned tooth can cause difficulties in hygiene routines and make patients feel self-conscious.

Braces offer many benefits, including:

  • Improved Oral Hygiene – Poorly aligned teeth can make maintaining excellent oral hygiene difficult. Hard-to-reach places between overlapped and tight teeth can become breeding grounds for oral bacteria.      

  • Better Digestion – Serious digestive disorders can result from improper chewing created by significant bite misalignment. Realigning the teeth and jaw using braces restores optimal functionality.        

  • Improved Confidence – Dental patients with properly aligned teeth enjoy a positive self-image and do not feel worried about displaying their smiles in social and professional situations.

What Are Some Common Types Of Braces?

There are two categories of dental braces: fixed appliances and removable appliances.

Fixed braces – These braces are used when the malocclusion is severe or when treatment needs to be expedient. After the initial fitting of the braces by bonding brackets to teeth and threading archwires, routine adjustments are required to ensure that continuous pressure is being applied to the teeth.

Removable braces – With modern orthodontic technology, removable trays can be utilized when malocclusion is less severe or in situations where fixed braces would be impractical. The most common types of removable braces include Invisalign® and other clear tray orthodontics. Removable dental braces are preferred by many patients, as they are versatile, convenient and discreet.

If you have any questions or concerns about orthodontic braces, please contact your oral health professional.