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Getting Braces from a Family Dentist
A family dentist can provide the treatment needed when teeth are poorly-aligned. Traditional metal braces have historically been the standard way to improve teeth alignment and it remains a popular option despite the emergence of more discreet options.
A family dentist explains how braces work
Family dentists are quick to tell patients that the idea behind traditional metal braces is quite simple. The appliance applies gentle pressure to the patient's teeth, slowly moving them to a better position over time.
The patient gets brackets cemented to the front of all their teeth, and metal wires are used to connect all the brackets on one half of the patient's jaw. The tighter the wires are the more pressure that is applied to the patient's teeth.
Outside of braces being able to correct crooked teeth, they can also fix the following:
- Overbites: This occurs when the top set of teeth protrude further than they should. It ends up being noticeable further out than the bottom half of the jaw.
- Underbite: This often creates a "bulldog" appearance. It is caused by the lower jaw protruding further than it should.
- Crossbite: This occurs when the front set of teeth do not come down slightly further than the lower set like they should.
The different types of braces
Braces have evolved a lot over the years. Newer, more discreet types of braces have emerged and clear aligners have gained a lot of popularity. Popular types of braces include:
- Traditional metal braces: These types of braces involve the use of metal wires and brackets. The brackets are cemented to the front of the patient's teeth and a wire is connected to them. The family dentist fastens the wire to increase the force being applied to the patient's teeth.
- Lingual braces: These are a lot like metal braces with one big difference. Instead of the brackets being cemented to the front of the patient's teeth, they are cemented to the back of their teeth. As a result, it provides a more discreet option as the appliance is not visible when the patient smiles.
- Tooth-colored braces: These are like traditional metal braces, but instead of metal wires and brackets, tooth-colored brackets and transparent wires are used. It makes the device less conspicuous, a benefit most people who are looking to straighten their teeth will appreciate.
- Clear aligners: Clear aligners are one of the more popular ways to straighten teeth. It involves using multiple aligner trays to push the patient's teeth to a more desired position. Each tray is worn for approximately two weeks before being switched out by the family dentist.
Visit a family dentist today!
Many teeth alignment problems can be fixed by wearing braces. The severity of the patient's alignment problems determines the length of their treatment. Those looking to straighten their teeth or correct an under or overbite should consult with a family dentist to get started. Call or visit our Franklin clinic to get the process started.
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