Metal Braces Treatment Overview
Do you know how braces work? As one of the most time-tested methods used in orthodontics, they are a very common solution. They use the body’s natural tendency to respond to light and constant forces and pressure, moving adult teeth into a new location in the jaw and gum. The use of braces is not purely aesthetic, though, and at Kulkarni & Fitz Orthodontics in Centerville, OH, we are glad to offer metal braces and other remedies available only from an orthodontist.
As a preferred orthodontist in Centerville, OH, we are glad to consult with you about your, or your child’s needs for metal braces. While you may wonder if it is advisable to correct a child’s teeth in order to give them an attractive grin, you should know that braces actually cure many dental problems that begin very early in a child’s life.
Often summarized with phrases such as a bad bite or crooked teeth, metal braces are great for remedying issues such as open bite, crowding, overbite, crossbite, underbite, abnormal eruption, excessive spacing, and more. We understand that many feel that these “natural” positions of the teeth must mean that they can be left alone, but that is just not the case.
A set of teeth that fail to properly align or meet in a healthy manner are going to be exposed to all kinds of hazards and challenges over time. The overcrowded bite is difficult to clean and prone to decay or gum disease; the crossbite, in which the lower front teeth dip behind the upper teeth, will lead to chips and speech issues.
There are many problems that metal braces remedy, and the sooner in life that you begin, the better the outcomes. Metal braces are bonded to the teeth, and then strung with special wires that are used to create and direct pressure. When a younger person receives braces, the ligament that holds the teeth in place is much more pliable than it is later in life. Though adults can enjoy the many benefits of braces and orthodontics, it is really beneficial to correct teeth early, allowing children to grow and the healthy alignment of the teeth to be cemented in place over time.
Are metal braces the right solution for you or one of your children? That depends on the dental situation the braces would address. We might also use ceramic braces, lingual braces (hidden behind the teeth) or clear aligners (Invisalign) if applicable.
If you have additional questions about metal braces, or about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Centerville, OH office at 937-748-0505. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.
To learn more about braces, read our other pages:
- Who is a Candidate for Braces?
- Do Braces Hurt?
- What Age Should Children Get Braces?
- How Long Do Braces Take?
- Benefits of Braces
- 5 Misconceptions About Braces
- Braces FAQs
- Safe Foods to Eat with Braces
- Braces Tightening Pain Tips