If you’ve ever wondered what braces are all about, this is the guide for you. We’ll cover everything from the basics of orthodontics to the latest in modern braces technology. By the end, you’ll have a good understanding of how braces work and what they can do for your smile.
So let’s get started!
What Are Braces?
Braces are devices that align and straighten teeth. They apply gentle pressure to the teeth over time, gradually moving them into the desired position.
There are many types of braces available today, from traditional metal braces to clear ceramic braces. Your orthodontist will help you choose the best type of braces for your individual needs.
How Do Braces Work?
Braces work by applying pressure to the teeth, which moves them into the desired position. The pressure is applied by the brackets, which are bonded to the front of the teeth, and by the arch wires, which run through the brackets and attach to the back molars.
As the arch wires apply pressure to the teeth, they gradually move them into the correct position. The process is complete when the braces are removed and the teeth are in their new, permanent positions.
How Long Do I Need To Wear Braces?
The time you need to wear braces will depend on the severity of your tooth alignment problem. In most cases, braces are worn for about two years. However, some people may need to wear them for a shorter or longer period.
What Are the Different Types of Braces?
There are many types of braces available today. Some of the most common types include:
Metal braces: Metal braces are the most traditional type of braces. They are made of stainless steel and are bonded to the front of the teeth.
Ceramic braces: Ceramic braces are clear or tooth-colored brackets. They are bonded to the front of the teeth like metal braces, but they are less noticeable.
Lingual braces: Lingual braces are bonded to the back of the teeth. They are more difficult to clean than other types of braces and may not be suitable for people with certain types of teeth alignment problems.
Invisalign®: Invisalign is a clear, removable aligner that is virtually invisible. It is custom made to fit your teeth and gradually moves them into the desired position.
What Are the Benefits of Braces?
Braces can improve the appearance of your smile by straightening your teeth. They can also improve your oral health by making it easier to clean your teeth and preventing tooth decay and gum disease.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
The cost will vary depending on the type of braces you choose and the severity of your tooth alignment problem. Metal braces are the least expensive option, while ceramic braces and Invisalign are more expensive.
How Can I Get Started With Braces?
If you’re interested in getting braces, the first step is to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist. During your consultation, the orthodontist will examine your teeth and discuss your treatment options with you.
If you decide to get braces, the orthodontist will take impressions of your teeth and create a custom treatment plan. Once your braces are ready, the orthodontist will bond them to your teeth and adjust them as needed.
You’ll need to see the orthodontist for regular check-ups so that they can check the progress of your treatment. Most people wear braces for about two years, but the exact length of time will depend on your individual case.
Your Colorado Orthodontist
Dr. Voytek Bobak has been working with Youth Dental and Vision since 2016. He is passionate about helping people achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that they can be proud of.
If you’re interested in getting braces or Invisalign, schedule a consultation with Dr. Bobak today.
Call (303) 953-8801 to schedule an appointment at your Aurora, Denver, Thornton or Hampden locations.