Having orthodontic treatment is one of the best things you can do for your smile and for your oral health. In fact, so many teens and preteens have braces, you might think it’s a rite of passage from childhood to adulthood. Today, though, there are plenty of adults who have braces, too. That’s because they recognize the important benefits of having their teeth aligned or “straightened.” If you’ve been considering Avondale braces for yourself or for your child, here’s what you can expect from this very popular treatment.
What are traditional braces and how do they work?
Traditional braces refers to braces that use wire and brackets to shift teeth into proper alignment. The brackets may be placed directly onto the surfaces of your teeth using a special bonding cement or they might be attached to brackets that go all the way around your teeth. Wires are attached to the brackets, exerting gentle pressure that moves your teeth into ideal alignment. Braces don’t just shift the visible parts of your teeth — they move the roots, too. As the roots move, the bone around them solidifies and fuses with the root, keeping your teeth in their new positions.
While you have your Avondale braces on, you can expect to visit us about once every four to six weeks. During your office visit, our team will evaluate your braces, adjust your wires and replace any brackets that need refreshing. Plus, we’ll closely monitor your progress to make sure your treatment stays on track. Your office visit is also a good time to ask questions about your care, including questions about brushing, flossing or other concerns.
What are braces made of?
There was a time when metal brackets and bands were the only option when it came to braces. But today, there are other types of braces you can choose from. Yes, traditional metal braces are still widely used. But other choices include ceramic braces or clear braces that are a lot more discreet. Clear braces are a lot less visible on your teeth, which means you won’t feel as self-conscious about your braces during your treatment. Other patients choose to view their braces as a fashion statement, opting for colored wires to enhance the way their braces look. No matter what options you choose, you can rest easy knowing that at Dunn Orthodontics, we only use state-of-the-art appliances designed to help Avondale orthodontic patients get the best care customized for their goals.
Are traditional braces better than Invisalign®?
Both braces and Invisalign can help patients enjoy better smiles and improved bite mechanics. But for some people, Avondale braces are a better choice compared to Invisalign. First, braces are able to treat some alignment problems that just can’t be corrected as well with Invisalign’s clear aligners. And second, braces tend to be a more affordable option, which means it can be easier to fit orthodontic care into your budget. Fortunately, you don’t have to decide between the two options on your own. During your initial consultation, you’ll review all your options with your orthodontist so you can feel confident your treatment is the best choice for your needs and your goals.
Are Avondale braces hard to care for?
The short answer is no — but you might need to practice to get your techniques perfected. Braces do have wires and brackets, and they can be a little tricky to clean around. For instance, flossing around wires can take a little practice. The good news: Today, there are plenty of products and tools you can use to make cleaning a lot easier. Special brushes with rubber picks can help clean around your appliances, and devices like water flossers make getting in between teeth a lot simpler. (Just don’t use them in place of flossing — you need to do both.)
Once your braces are on, our team will go over the best way to care for your braces during your treatment. They can show you the tips, tricks and techniques you can use to keep your teeth and gums healthy, too. And if you run into any problems, like a broken wire or damaged bracket, all it takes is a quick phone call to schedule an office visit and have your problem corrected.
How long will I need to wear my Avondale braces?
That depends on the issues that are being corrected, your age and other factors. Many patients can complete their treatment within a couple years — and sometimes less. During your consultation visit, your orthodontist will be able to estimate the length of your treatment following your examination. If you have friends with braces, it can be tempting to assume your treatment will take the same amount of time. But remember — it can be hard to predict exactly how your jaw and teeth will respond to treatment. Your treatment plan will be as unique as you are, and that means it might take more or less time than someone else’s treatment plan.
Will I need a retainer?
Retainers help keep your teeth in their optimal positions, even after your braces are off. Once your teeth have moved into their new positions, it can take a while for the bone around the tooth roots to “fill in.” Your retainer helps keep your teeth secure in their new positions so they don’t drift. Think of your retainers as an important way to protect your investment.
Most patients wear their retainers every day for most of the day and when they sleep for several months after their braces are removed. After that, you may need to wear your retainer a few times a week while you sleep, just to keep your smile looking its best. Your orthodontist will be able to determine the best routine for your retainer wear. Retainers are also really easy to care for with simple brushing, and you can keep them safe in their protective case when you’re not wearing them.
Top-ranked orthodontist in Avondale, AZ
Braces can help your smile look its best, and since straighter teeth are easier to care for, they might also help you enjoy better oral health. At Dunn Orthodontics, we help Arizona patients get state-of-the-art orthodontic care customized for their unique needs. With today’s technology, treatment is faster and more affordable than ever before. Ready to learn how braces can help you enjoy a lifetime of great smiles? Give our Avondale office a call at 602-864-0004 and schedule a consultation today.