Dental braces are orthodontic appliances or devices used by orthodontists to correct the position of a patient's teeth and bite. If you have crooked teeth or your bite is misaligned, you could benefit from wearing braces.
Schedule an appointment for an evaluation with our dentist in Scottsdale to see if braces are right for you. In some cases, special appliances may be prescribed as an alternative to braces.
Once your teeth are in their new positions, a permanent retainer will be worn to maintain your results. At-home oral care is important while wearing your braces to prevent cavities and keep your smile healthy. Brushing and flossing daily will help keep your teeth and gums clean.
It is recommended that you visit our office for regular checkups and cleanings to ensure your teeth and gums are free of plaque buildup and other debris.
Types of Scottsdale Braces
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most affordable option and are very durable, making them a popular choice for adults and teens. The brackets are bonded to the teeth using cement, and the archwires are adjusted periodically to help gradually shift the teeth into their proper positions.
This type of orthodontic treatment can be slightly uncomfortable at first, but patients quickly get used to wearing their new appliances. It is common to experience some soreness or discomfort when first starting to wear braces, but this should fade within a few hours of wearing them.
Despite being one of the newest options, ceramic braces are the most popular type of braces among teens. This type of orthodontic appliance is usually preferred by young patients because it can be customized with fun colors or patterns and are stain-resistant.
Invisalign is a series of clear plastic aligners that straighten teeth over time. These invisible braces are removable, so patients are able to eat their favorite food and clean their teeth normally.
The treatment typically takes a year for adults. Patients will need to wear their Invisalign aligners for 22 hours a day for the best results.
How Long Will I Need to Wear Scottsdale Braces?
Your braces will be taken off when the treatment is over, i.e., when your teeth reach the desired positions. The duration of your treatment depends on several factors, including the severity of your condition and how well you respond to treatment. You will then have to wear a retainer for a while to hold your teeth in place.
To find out more about Scottsdale Braces, call (480) 614-2211 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit us at 12020 E Shea Blvd Suite 10, Scottsdale, AZ 85259.