Braces are orthodontic appliances used to straighten teeth, correct bite issues, and improve oral health. They are typically made from metal or ceramic and consist of brackets, wires, and bands.
Our dentist in Oviedo, FL, attaches the brackets to the teeth and periodically tightens the wires connected to the brackets to move the teeth into their desired positions. At Everest Dental, we recommend braces for patients with misaligned teeth, gaps between teeth, or other alignment problems.
Types of Braces
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces have been used for decades to straighten teeth. They are made from high-grade stainless steel brackets and wires. These braces are attached to the teeth using special bonding cement. Brackets are bonded to each tooth's front and connected by a wire. This wire is tightened to move the teeth into the desired position.
Ceramic braces in Oviedo, FL, are similar to traditional metal braces in that they are attached to the front of each tooth. However, the brackets are made from ceramic material instead of metal. Clear elastic ties or “o-rings” hold the archwire in place. Ceramic braces are less noticeable than metal braces because the brackets are clear or tooth-colored.
Lingual braces are also similar to traditional metal braces. The difference is that they are attached to the back of the teeth instead of the front side. This makes lingual braces practically invisible.
Invisalign clear aligners are a series of custom-made trays that fit over your teeth. Each tray is worn for about two weeks and replaced with the next in the series. The aligners gradually shift the teeth into the desired position.
The Benefits of Braces
Improved Oral Health
When teeth are misaligned or overcrowded, they are more challenging to clean properly. This can cause plaque to build up and lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. Correcting the alignment of your teeth with braces can improve your ability to brush and floss effectively, preventing these common oral health problems.
A beautiful smile can help you feel more confident in your daily life. When you have straighter teeth and a more even bite, you are more likely to smile more often and feel good about your appearance. This can lead to improved self-esteem and better mental health.
Crooked or misaligned teeth can make chewing and eating difficult or even painful. You can enjoy your favorite foods again without pain or discomfort by undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces.
If you are unhappy with your smile or if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort due to orthodontic issues, visit Everest Dental at 2989 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo, FL 32765, or call (407) 695-777 to learn more about the benefits of braces.