Braces are orthodontic appliances to straighten teeth, fix bites and improve oral health. They can be fixed or removable depending on the patient’s preference and the severity of the case. At Gentilly Family Dental, LLC, they are made of brackets placed on each tooth and bands that wrap around the molars. A thin wire connects the brackets. Although fixed braces can be uncomfortable when first applied, they gradually get easier to tolerate over several visits. Removable braces can be taken out during mealtimes and for brushing the teeth. Invisalign is a famous brand of removable aligners that can correct mild cases of misalignment. However, severe cases of misalignment need to be treated with fixed braces.
The Benefits of Braces
Braces straighten teeth, but they also help to prevent tooth decay. Straight teeth are easier to clean than misaligned teeth, and straight teeth are easier to keep clean over your lifetime. A straighter smile can also improve self-confidence, making it easier to present yourself to others without worrying about your appearance. This can help you have a better social life and find new job opportunities.
Braces correct poor alignment or crowding that can cause significant problems. Crowded teeth are more prone to plaque buildup, which can lead to early-onset gum disease or cavities. Misaligned teeth are more likely to chip or break. Braces also prevent issues that can occur as a patient ages, like TMJ disorder, uneven wear on enamel, gum recession, and bone loss. These problems are caused by the incorrect pitching of teeth over time. Because braces correct this, they help prevent these health issues.
Types of Braces
Fast braces are a new type of orthodontic treatment that help you achieve a straighter smile in less time than traditional braces. They use the same technology as traditional braces but with a few modifications. That means you’ll spend less time in our office getting adjustments and more time showing off your new smile. When you choose fast braces, you’re choosing a comfortable, efficient orthodontic treatment that guarantees you a beautiful new smile.
These stainless steel brackets come in various colors and are much less noticeable than metal braces. They’re also smaller than traditional metal brackets to fit more comfortably on the teeth, and they use wires to apply pressure to the teeth to move them into place. These are the most common type of braces for children because they offer the most predictable results and are the least expensive option. However, they may be less comfortable than some newer adult options.
Invisalign is the most discreet orthodontic treatment available. Instead of brackets and wires, clear plastic aligners are customized to fit your teeth. You won’t have to struggle with the dietary restrictions often accompanying other treatments, and the aligners can be removed for eating and cleaning.
Ceramic braces are less noticeable than metal ones, so they’re a good choice for adults who want to straighten their teeth without paying too much attention to their treatment. They blend in with the natural color of teeth and don’t stand out against white or yellow enamel. They’re also less irritating to the gums and cheeks than traditional metal braces.
Braces can correct several dental issues, including misaligned teeth, protruding teeth, gapped teeth, overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, and overly crowded teeth. To learn more about braces, visit Gentilly Family Dental, LLC at 42610 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, 70119, or call (504) 482-9919.