Most of the time, going to the dentist is a fairly simple affair. We go for exams and cleanings, or maybe the occasional tooth extraction or x-ray. Finding out that you have an orthodontic issue and need braces can be concerning. However, the truth is that braces can correct even a severe bite-related issue and give you back a smile you want and deserve. Consult with your dentist about the process of getting braces and how they can correct crooked and misaligned teeth.
There are many braces, but traditional metal braces may be the best option depending on your unique situation.
You’ve likely heard of clear aligners, trays, lingual braces, and other options that are more comfortable and more aesthetically pleasing, but these types of braces only work for mild to moderate tooth correction. For those with complex bite-related issues or severe alignment problems, this can be a problem.
Traditional braces are designed to gradually move teeth into position over time, which is why the braces are specifically placed based on the patient’s needs. You may also be surprised to learn that traditional braces aren’t just for kids. Adults with overbite, underbite, or overjet issues can have braces placed to correct the issue.
Dentists can fix even gaps and spacing issues with braces, so it’s never too late to have your smile corrected.
Traditional braces can take anywhere from 1-3 years, depending on the individual case, with some being shorter or longer. The average time for a set of braces to fix dental issues is two years.
Once the braces have done their work, the patient will have to wear a retainer to keep the correction in place; however, after the first 3 to 6 months, the retainer typically only needs to be worn at night.
With regular dentist visits and good oral hygiene, you should have no more issues with your bite or teeth spacing once the braces are removed.
If you have a crooked smile and want to find out if braces are the right thing for you, talk with your dentist today.