The benefits of a properly-aligned bite goes beyond the fact that straight teeth just look better. When your teeth line up the way they should, your dental health improves, and your jaw muscle (the TMJ) doesn’t have to work too hard. And then there’s always the fact that self-confidence greatly improves with straighter teeth. Dr. Francis Hamman is the orthodontist in Ripon at Silver Creek Dentistry providing traditional metal braces.
Traditional metal orthodontics have been a trusted method for straightening teeth for decades for one simple reason. Metal brackets and wires provide fantastic, reliable results. Over a period of one to two years, traditional braces successfully bring misaligned teeth into proper position.
The benefits of metal braces include:
- Reliable results
- Most affordable option in orthodontics
- Kids and teens love customizable brackets
- No removable pieces to keep up with, especially beneficial for young patients
People of all ages are good candidates for traditional metal braces. Patients undergo an initial checkup for cavities and gum disease before beginning with braces. If problems are detected, restorative care should be provided before or alongside the orthodontic treatment. A thorough cleaning prepares teeth for the braces.
While it may take some time to get used to your new braces, most patients find that, after a while, living with metal braces is not so much different from “normal” life. Braces require a few extra maintenance steps, and there are some things you will need to give up eating for a while -- but if you follow our instructuctions closely, you will breeze through your treatment and be enjoying your straight teeth and beautiful smile in no time.
While brushing and flossing take a bit more maneuvering when you are wearing braces, good dental hygiene is as important as ever. Brush your teeth using a manual or electric toothbrush for two minutes, preferably after each meal. Brush above and below the brackets, then clean the brackets themselves. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, too.
After you have brushed your teeth and braces, carefully floss your teeth by working the floss up through the wires. Dr. Hamman will provide special flossing tools to help you reach between each tooth. Flossing takes time with braces -- but it’s an important step for keeping your teeth and gums healthy during your orthodontic treatment.
In addition to solid brushing and flossing, you will need to watch what you eat while you are wearing braces. Certain food items put the metal hardware at risk of breaking. In general, you should avoid hard, sticky, or crunchy foods. Nuts, candies, popcorn, and caramels are some things to stay away from. Avoid biting directly into hard foods, too, like apples or corn on the cob.
More adults are choosing to straighten their teeth than ever before, and that’s partially thanks to clear braces in Ripon like Invisalign. Whether you choose traditional braces or an alternative option, adult orthodontics provide the results you have always wanted. Contact Silver Creek Dentistry to discuss your orthodontic treatment today!