Braces, also known as dental braces or orthodontic braces, are devices used to align, rotate, and straighten teeth. They are also used to help position teeth with regard to a person’s bite and to improve dental health.
Establishing a proper bite by eliminating dental issues using braces can also prevent other health problems such as headaches and TMJ as well as potential digestive issues. Untreated bite issues increase muscular and skeletal stress which can cause strain on your supporting bone and tissue resulting in a lifetime of health issues. Aligned teeth create a more perfect bite, are easier to keep clean, and make chewing more efficient which aids better digestion.
Do You Need Braces?
At Bright Orthodontics, each orthodontic treatment plan regarding braces is customized to each individual patient’s needs. Depending on the dental problem, age of the patient, budget, and other factors, Dr. Bright weighs each factor in choosing the best orthodontic approach. Braces can be use for:
- underbite correction
- overbite correction including deep bites
- cross bite correction
- open bite correction
- crooked teeth
- and various other flaws of the teeth and jaw.
Braces are often used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances such as expanders to help widen the palate or jaws and to otherwise assist in shaping the teeth and jaws.
Which Braces Are Right for You?
The answer to that question is dependent on many things including what your dental problems are, how severe they are, how likely you are to follow-through with recommendations, and your budget. All of these factors are important. During your free initial orthodontic exam, Dr. Bright will discuss all of them with you to develop your custom orthodontic plan. He and his staff will thoroughly explain the appliances and expected duration of the treatment to ensure that you fully understand how to achieve a more beautiful and healthier smile.