Traditional Orthodontics – Garland, TX
The Time-Tested Way to Achieve Straighter Teeth
Are you an adult who suffers with the embarrassment and discomfort of crooked teeth or a misaligned bite? Are you a concerned parent whose child’s teeth are not as well-aligned as they should be? In either case, you can rely on your orthodontist in Garland at Orbit Dental of Garland to correct such issues. One treatment that we commonly use to help patients achieve straighter, healthier smiles is traditional braces.
How Traditional Braces Work
Your teeth are not cemented in place. Rather, they’re attached to the bone around them via tiny ligaments, which allow the teeth to have a natural capacity for movement. By applying gentle, sustained pressure to the teeth, traditional braces gradually move them into their ideal positions over time. Each time you visit us to get your braces tightened, your teeth will move a little bit closer to where they should be. In some cases, attachments and accessories work along with the braces to help them achieve their goal.
The treatment time for traditional braces varies from patient to patient. When you visit us for your consultation, we’ll be able to estimate how long it will take for you to achieve your dream smile.
Traditional Orthodontics for Children and Teens
If, during one of your child’s routine checkups, we notice that their teeth and jaw are not developing as they should, we may be able to provide early orthodontic treatment, which is often called phase 1 orthodontics. Since a child’s jaw is still developing, the orthodontic treatment can guide the way their mouth grows, thus correcting many bite problems and other issues before they become serious.
Even if a child undergoes phase 1 orthodontic treatment, they may still need braces once all of their permanent teeth erupt. Traditional braces are ideal for young people because they are not removable, which means that you won’t have to worry about your child forgetting to wear them. The brackets even come in a wide variety of colors, so your child can express their individuality throughout their treatment period.
Traditional Orthodontics for Adults
You’re never too old for braces. In fact, at any given time, well over one million people over the age of 18 are undergoing orthodontic treatment. If you’re tired of dealing with your misaligned smile, visit us for a consultation. After we examine your teeth and take some x-rays, we’ll help you explore your treatment options. Many adults opt for traditional braces because they are effective, and they often cost less than alternative treatments.
Don’t worry too much about the way your braces will make your teeth look. Modern orthodontics are much more discreet than their predecessors. Plus, we can use subtle colors for your brackets and wires so you can maintain a professional, mature appearance throughout your treatment.
Are you interested in learning more about traditional braces and how they may be able to help you or your child? Contact our team at Orbit Dental of Garland today.
Preparing for a scheduled appointment with your orthodontist in Garland? At Orbit Dental, we know the process of undergoing traditional braces can be overwhelming for both kids and adults, which is why we aim to provide compassionate and informative care, so you can feel confident about your decision to move forward with treatment. As a way to help you feel better prepared for your upcoming visit, we’ve compiled some FAQs poised to us by our many patients. Should you have any additional questions, we invite you to contact us.
Does it hurt to wear braces?
When having your braces in Garland initially put on, you can expect there to be some soreness in the days following your appointment. Not only is your mouth adjusting to the new fixtures on your teeth, but the pressure is necessary to keep your teeth moving in the right direction. With an over-the-counter pain reliever and cold compress, this discomfort will subside within a few days. It is also normal to feel the same discomfort after a follow-up appointment to have your wire adjusted and tightened.
Why is having straight teeth important?
No matter if you are a child, teenager, or adult, the aesthetic appeal of a straighter, healthier smile is always beneficial when it comes to conversing and feeling confident around others. But it’s not just about the cosmetic changes braces can achieve. It’s also about the improvement you can expect in your oral health. With straighter teeth, you can more effectively clean your teeth and gums, minimizing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. If a bite alignment is the reason for your orthodontic treatment, fixing it will ensure your teeth do not wear down as quickly, and you’ll be able to avoid chronic jaw pain and other similar problems that can lead to more serious issues like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
Can I play sports while wearing braces?
Yes, you most certainly can play sports while wearing braces. All you need to do is talk to your dentist about having a custom-made sportsguard created to protect your smile from possible damage. These oral devices make it possible to minimize the potential for busted or broken metal as well as knocked-out teeth or lacerated soft tissues. By having a customized mouthguard created for you, it will ensure you have a device that fits properly and comfortably within your mouth while offering maximum protection.
Will I need a retainer?
Yes, you will need to wear a retainer once you are finished with your orthodontic treatment. It is this type of oral device that will keep your teeth in their new position permanently. Far too often, patients forget or refuse to wear their retainer, resulting in newly placed teeth shifting back into their original position. To avoid this type of problem, your orthodontist will likely recommend that you wear it full time in the beginning before switching to night-use only once they feel your teeth are more firmly in place.