Braces for Straight Beautiful Teeth

Why get braces? The obvious answer is to have a straight beautiful smile, but other reasons can be less evident. Many people do not realize that crooked teeth and malocclusion or a “bad bite” can cause gum disease,tooth decay, tooth loss, speech impediment, jaw problems, and abnormal wear of tooth enamel. Braces can be an important prevention program for future dental problems. Even though the cost of braces can appear shocking, it can save you tons of money in the long run with a healthy beautiful smile!
Now that you know the importance of braces, let me explain what to expect. Braces have three main parts: brackets, wires, and elastic ligatures. To apply the braces an orthodontist must glue on the brackets in perfect position on the patient’s teeth. The brackets act as an anchor from the wire to the teeth. The wire is the part that actually moves the teeth by naturally returning to its original arch shape. The elastic ligatures hold the wire to the brackets. They come in many different colors to make having braces a fun experience for kids. Braces have to be tightened every four to ten weeks. At this time the wires can be changed to stronger ones and the colors of the elastic ligatures can be changed if desired. Normally a patient will have braces for 1 to 3 years depending on the severity of malocclusion. After the braces, patients have to wear retainers. These can be clear or wire and colored acrylic. The results are amazing and your teeth will look one hundred times better.
Braces achieve optimal results when used between the ages of 8 to 14, but remember it’s never too late to have straight teeth. Clear ceramic braces have been produced for older patients to be less noticeable, as well as clear removable trays called Invisalign or ClearCorrect. These help patients who are worried about the appearance of braces.
Remember that braces are temporary, and healthy straight teeth are absolutely worth it. See your local dentist or orthodontist today!

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