Do you want a gorgeous smile? If so, braces are a great way to get it. Braces are an orthodontic appliance that addresses occlusal (bite) abnormalities and help patients achieve proper alignment. Not only can they provide you with a straighter smile, but they can also contribute to better oral health.
Braces are made up of three parts: brackets, an archwire, and rubber bands. The brackets are bonded to the front of the teeth. The archwire sits in the brackets, while the rubber bands hook around the brackets and hold the archwire in place.
The tension between the brackets and other supporting orthodontic devices helps to gently shift the teeth into their proper position.
Braces in Plant City can correct:
Your first orthodontic appointment with your Plant City orthodontist is a consultation. At this appointment, we will take several diagnostic photos and radiographic images, including a panoramic x-ray and profile x-ray.
We’ll discuss your needs based on the information from the diagnostic images. Based on that, as well as your input about your lifestyle and aesthetics, we’ll create a custom orthodontic treatment plan.
If you are ready to proceed, we may take further images and use a scanner to fabricate study models to both track your progress and ensure treatment is providing the results we want.
Then, you’ll schedule your treatment appointments with our helpful front staff.
At your first appointment, your orthodontist will place the brackets, archwire, and rubber bands. They will explain what will happen to your teeth over the next few weeks and how you will feel. For example, some people experience mild soreness when their teeth first start to shift. We’ll explain how you can ease the discomfort and provide you with some helpful lifestyle tips.
Every four to six weeks, you’ll come in for a follow-up appointment. We’ll check your progress and adjust/tighten the braces, too.
Depending on your case, you may be in braces between 12 and 24 months.
Modern braces were first developed in the early 1800s. Thankfully, since then, braces have become smaller and lighter, making them infinitely more comfortable. Orthodontic technology has also provided us with a variety of types of braces so we can fit the unique needs – as well as the aesthetic desires – of our patients.
Traditional braces are chosen for their durability and corrosive resistance. The brackets are made from metal alloys that can include titanium, nickel, cobalt, and/or chromium. These metals are considered biocompatible, which means they don’t cause irritation or inflammation to the mouth, gums, tongue, lips, or cheeks.
The great thing about the modern braces system is that the brackets are smaller, making them more comfortable. This is achieved by utilizing a mesh bonding surface that allows the bracket to adhere to the curve of the tooth more easily. Not only are the brackets more comfortable, but the bond is stronger, too, which means the brackets are less likely to become loose or come off.
The archwire is often made from a stainless-steel alloy, which is biocompatible, resistant to corrosion, and flexible. The flexibility is important because the archwire must bend and stretch around an entire arch of teeth. Some archwires are made of copper, chromium, or nickel alloys.
With braces, the brackets are bonded to your teeth. The archwire fits into an indentation in each bracket and is secured in place by a rubber band that fits around each bracket.
You will need a check-up and adjustment every four to six weeks.
It is common to experience some soreness when you first get your braces. The soft tissues (tongue, cheeks, lips) need time to get used to the appliances and before long they won’t be sore. Similarly, your teeth may feel a bit sore when they first start shifting. After a few days, this will go away. In the meantime, stick to eating soft foods and rinse with warm salt water.
Another option is self-ligating braces, which are quite similar to traditional metal braces. They are made of metal and consist of brackets and an archwire. However, you won’t need rubber bands.
The brackets have spring-loaded “doors” or compartments that we can open and close using a special orthodontic tool. When opened, we can place the archwire in place. Then, when the “doors” are closed, the archwire is secured in place.
Besides not needing rubber bands, another benefit of these types of braces is the fact that we don’t have to adjust them. They are self-adjusting. We will need to see you regularly to make sure you aren’t having any issues and that you’re still making progress, but your appointments will be much shorter.
Another benefit of these braces is that they are so much easier to clean at home.
If you’re worried about aesthetics but aren’t a good candidate for Invisalign® clear aligners, you should talk to your orthodontist about ceramic braces in Plant City.
Ceramic braces are made up of the same components as traditional braces, but each component is made of a material that is white or clear.
The brackets are made of strong ceramic, which can be matched to the natural shade of your teeth.
The archwire is available in white, silver, or frosted so that it can blend with the brackets.
The elastic bands come in just about every color in the rainbow. You can choose white or clear to blend with the archwire and brackets. Or you can get creative and choose your favorite color or a variety of colors.
Ceramic braces are just as effective, durable, and biocompatible as traditional braces. Homecare, orthodontic adjustments, and check-ups are the same as well.
Some patients have severe occlusion issues that require additional treatment or orthodontic devices. Rest assured, we will discuss every option with you and explain what is entailed if you decide to follow through with treatment. Depending on your case, you may need:
We want to give you a smile that you want to share with the world. We also want to help you achieve optimal oral health. Orthodontics can help with both these goals.
When your bite is off, it strains the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of your head and neck. The result is soreness, stiffness, and pain in your jaw, face, neck, head, and even your shoulders.
Additionally, malocclusion can put undue pressure on certain teeth, causing cracking, chipping, tooth soreness, and even fractured teeth. All of which can lead to the need for expensive restorative procedures such as crowns and root canal therapy.
Thankfully, we can help prevent excess wear and tear, as well as pain and discomfort, by achieving a balanced bite through braces in Plant City.
If you’re ready to learn more about how braces can benefit you or someone in your family, we welcome you to schedule a complimentary orthodontic consultation.Request An Appointment
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