Braces

Though no one’s smile is perfect, it’s common to want a great smile to show the real you, and that includes straight, beautiful teeth. Unfortunately, it’s common for people to have crooked teeth or misalignment in teeth that means your smile is not what it could be. Braces are one way to correct crooked teeth or misaligned teeth so that your smile reflects your personality, giving you the confidence you’ve always wanted. If your dentist has recommended braces or you’re unhappy with your crooked teeth, you may be wondering how braces can help.

What are Braces?

Braces are used to shift teeth in the mouth so they can be straightened and aligned more properly. Braces can also be used to align your teeth if you have an overbite or underbite. The braces are designed to work slowly and gently, which is less traumatic for the client as well as for the teeth.

Traditional metal braces use brackets, wires, and rubber bands to shift the teeth. Once they are on, they must be removed by your orthodontist. You will need to go to the orthodontist’s office regularly to have the braces adjusted based on how your teeth are shifting. The adjustments can cause discomfort, which is normal. After traditional metal braces, you may need a retainer before your teeth are completely straightened.

Along with traditional braces, clear braces, such as Invisalign, can be used. Clear aligners that fit over the teeth are used to shift the teeth. The aligners are removed for eating and brushing the teeth. New aligners are used every two weeks as the teeth shift into position. Most of the time, clear braces take approximately the same length of time to straighten teeth as traditional metal braces. Clear braces may not be an option for clients with complex needs.

Straightening Teeth with Braces

If your dentist recommends braces, you will need to consult with an orthodontist. An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in straightening and aligning teeth. The orthodontist will examine our teeth, take x-rays, and evaluate your orthodontic needs. From there, a treatment plan is developed to help you get the straight, beautiful smile you want.

If your dentist recommends braces, you will need to consult with an orthodontist. An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in straightening and aligning teeth. The orthodontist will examine our teeth, take x-rays, and evaluate your orthodontic needs. From there, a treatment plan is developed to help you get the straight, beautiful smile you want.

Caring for Teeth with Braces

Whether you have traditional metal braces or clear braces, caring for your teeth is key to success. Your orthodontist will give you instructions to care for your teeth with braces, but there are some tips that can help you keep your teeth in good condition while they’re being straightened with braces:

Avoid sticky, hard foods and candies. Not only do they often have high amounts of sugar, but they can damage the braces and keep them from working properly. Be diligent about oral hygiene. Make sure you brush your teeth frequently and thoroughly. Braces can trap food in your mouth, so it’s even more important to brush your teeth. Pay attention to your teeth and mouth. While some discomfort or pain is common when you have braces, you should pay attention to signs that something is wrong, like excessive pain. Talk with your orthodontist if you’re concerned about pain or discomfort. Follow your orthodontist’s instructions. They will let you know how to care for your teeth and braces. Following their instructions will reduce the chance that you will have problems with your teeth or that the braces don’t work the way you want them to. Drink lots of water! Drinking water is healthy anyway, but when you have braces (especially traditional metal braces), your gums and tongue may become irritated from rubbing. Water can help keep your mouth healthy and rinse off bacteria between brushings.

You don’t have to settle for a crooked smile. With braces, you can shift your teeth so that you have the straight, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Whether you want a boost of confidence by straightening your smile or you want to correct a misalignment to reduce discomfort when you eat and speak, braces can be a good way to correct these problems. Before you know it, you can have the smile that shows your true personality.

If your dentist has recommended braces or you would like to straighten your smile, contact us and make an appointment to talk about getting braces in the Camden, Downtown Charleston, James Island, or Summerville area. We would be happy to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.

Frequently Asked Braces Questions

A. Braces are a good way to straighten crooked teeth as well as correct over- or under-bites. Your dentist may recommend braces to straighten your teeth, but if you are satisfied with your overall smile, they may not be necessary. However, if your orthodontist is recommending braces to address other problems, such as an overbite or spacing problems, getting braces could avoid more problems with your teeth down the road.

A. Most people use a retainer once their braces come off to ensure that your teeth stay where the braces move them. Your orthodontist will let you know if you will need a retainer and how long (and often) you will need to wear it as part of your treatment plan.

A. No! Adults who want to straighten their teeth can get braces, too! Your orthodontist can give you an examination and determine the best way for you to get the straight, healthy smile you have always wanted.

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