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Straightening Teeth with Braces

     People have been using braces for decades, and they remain one of the best ways to permanently straighten teeth. The actual braces are on your teeth anywhere from a few months to a few years, but will make an impact on your mouth, your smile, and your confidence forever.

If your teeth are misaligned and you want to improve your smile, you may be a good candidate for orthodontic braces. Keep in mind that this process is not entirely easy, or very inexpensive, but it will be well worth it if you want it badly enough and are dedicated to the process.

Traditional orthodontic braces are made with several metal parts and wires to slowly adjust the angle of your teeth. This teeth straightening treatment can benefit people of all ages, and is usually recommended at an early age to avoid problems such as tooth loss and spaced teeth in the future.

Get in touch with a cosmetic dentist in your area to discuss some of the latest teeth straightening options. If your dentist thinks you may be a good candidate for orthodontic braces, he or she may refer you to an orthodontist in your area.

Orthodontic braces are made with wires, hooks and brackets that work to put pressure on the teeth at various angles. This pressure helps to move the teeth over time, and the orthodontic braces will not only help to align the teeth, but will also help to shape and remodel the bone and tissues surrounding the teeth.

Orthodontic braces are made with four basic parts: brackets, that can either be metal or ceramic; bonding material or a metal band to hold the bracket to the tooth; an arch wire, which runs from bracket to bracket to create pressure; and the ligature elastic, which holds the bracket tot the arch wire.

The teeth begin to move when the arch wire creates pressure on the brackets and teeth, and the pressure may be adjusted at various intervals to ensure that the teeth are moving at the right rate, and in the right direction. Some people who wear orthodontic braces also need to wear special headgear that prevents some teeth from moving during the treatment process.

When these wires are adjusted to keep the teeth moving in the right direction, it can be a little painful on your teeth as they make the necessary changes. However, with some icing the pain and swelling will go down in a matter of a couple days.

Orthodontic braces offer a number of benefits beyond just straightening crooked teeth. Some of the key benefits of orthodontic braces treatment include an increase in self-esteem, the restoration of your proper bite, an improvement in chewing problems, a reduction of tooth wearing risk, correction of crowded teeth, an elimination of buck-teeth, and a treatment for cross-bites.

Today's orthodontic braces and teeth straightening options make it simple to improve the smile and achieve noticeable results within a short treatment period. Computer-aided technologies have made it easier for orthodontists to create "ideal" tooth positions and ensure that the orthodontic treatment produces desired results.

Some of the latest orthodontic brace wires are made with materials that are more comfortable than before, and can be adjusted relatively easily throughout the treatment process. In addition to metal braces, patients now have the option to wear clear dental braces, also known as "tooth-colored" braces that are made with a very thin, clear and flexible material that sits on top of the teeth.

These are typically changed out every two weeks to ensure gradual tooth movement. This is a better option for adults and those in the workforce, to avoid any embarrassment or unwanted attention drawn to their mouths.

The results of braces are not absolutely certain, as everyone's mouth and jaw works differently. Some people may respond to the treatment in a matter of months, while for others it may take many years.

Make sure that you seek the care and advice of a recommended orthodontist who has a lot of experience with braces. This can help the process move along more smoothly for you.

Learn more about the latest teeth straightening treatments by contacting a cosmetic dentist in your area. He or she will be able to discuss the benefits of orthodontic braces, and other effective teeth straightening procedures.

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Tom Selwick is a former dental assistant, has authored hundreds of articles relating to oral health and has worked for an Scottsdale Dentist. He has been a guest dental lecturer for over 15 years. Contact Info: Tom Selwick

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