Braces have long been used to fix a wide variety of dental imperfections, including misaligned jaws, overcrowding, gaps between teeth, misshapen teeth, underbite, overbite and many more. Through the strategic placement of a series of brackets and wires, braces gradually shift both your teeth and your jaw into the proper position. While most people who have braces are in their teens, adults also get braces to help correct their smile. The process is well worth it when your braces are removed to reveal a million dollar smile that makes you proud.
Types of Braces
Our Frisco dentist offers both metal braces and clear ceramic braces to patients of all ages.
Metal braces: Metal braces are the traditional option for braces. Just as they sound, metal braces are made from metal brackets and archwires. While this method is slightly more noticeable compared to other options, metal braces are tried and true, and they produce results that are life-changing.
Clear ceramic braces: This method has become more popular in recent years due to the vast amount of patients who want to achieve great results in a subtle way. Clear ceramic braces utilize clear brackets so that they are less noticeable and better match the shade of your natural teeth. If your teeth are light in color, these clear brackets will be the least obvious option for you.
Long-Term Braces Benefits
Not only should you visit our Frisco dentist to help improve the aesthetics of your smile, but for the health of your mouth as well. When your teeth are straight, they are easier to brush and floss, reducing your risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay and gingivitis. Plus, having the correct jaw alignment is essential to the proper chewing method.
Taking Care of Your Braces
Be mindful that braces change the foods that you can and cannot eat. Trust us when we say that this is a small price to pay for a smile that will last you a lifetime! Avoid eating sticky, crunchy or hard substances such as candy, gum, popcorn kernels, etc. Eating these foods could result in a bracket or wire popping off. If you participate in any sports, make sure to talk with our Frisco dentist about a protective mouthguard to keep you safe while you are playing.
Oral hygiene becomes extremely important while under orthodontic treatment. Brush your teeth two minutes after each meal. Use a floss threader to floss between your teeth. A water flosser in highly recommended while wearing braces.
Do you have more questions about braces or what our team can do to help improve your smile? Don’t hesitate to contact our team at Lone Star Dental Care for guidance or to set up an appointment for a free consult.