Braces are special orthodontic appliances that are used to position the teeth properly so that crooked or crowded teeth can be straightened out over time. They can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic and work by applying pressure to the teeth so that they slowly move into the correct positions. Once they’re on the teeth, they can’t be taken off until treatment is complete.
The brackets are attached to each tooth using a special adhesive, and then wires are threaded through each one. These wires apply constant force so that the teeth are able to move into place over time. They need to be adjusted periodically by the orthodontist. Brackets that are bonded to the front of the teeth may need to be changed every six- to 12 months. If they are on the back side of the front teeth, they may be changed every three months or so.
Treatment usually takes between one and three years to complete, depending on the patient and the severity of the misalignment. Once the braces are removed, the patient may have to wear a retainer for some time to keep the teeth from moving back into their original position.
There are many reasons why someone might need to wear dental braces to straighten their teeth, including having crowded teeth or a misaligned bite. This can cause problems with speaking and eating as well. Some people may only need minor adjustments, while others may need more extensive orthodontic treatment in order to have the smile they’ve always wanted.
When a patient has fixed braces, we attach brackets to each tooth with a special adhesive. These brackets that are cemented to the teeth cannot be removed by the patient and will need regular adjustment visits at our dental office in Everett. At each visit, the orthodontist will tighten the wires in the braces to move your teeth slowly over time into their ideal positions. The amount of time that a patient wears their braces will vary based on their individual condition, but most patients wear their braces for about one to three years. Your appointments for adjustments with the orthodontist are typically scheduled every four to eight weeks or so and are a quick process.
To find out more about the dental services offered at our dental practice, call (480) 614-2211 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 12020 E Shea Blvd Suite 10, Scottsdale, AZ 85259.