Braces are glued metal attachments that shift the placement of your teeth — used to correct crowded or crooked teeth. Misaligned teeth cause your upper and lower jaws meet improperly, giving you a "bad bite." Whether you're a child or an adult, wearing braces can help fix your teeth.
If you don’t address your misaligned teeth, it not only affects your smile — it can also develop into more serious oral health issues, including:
Typically, the procedure begins with a deep teeth cleaning. Next, one of the team members at Dentistry of Highland Village administers a strong adhesive substance to your teeth for attaching the metal brackets. Once the brackets are in the right place, your dentist secures them using arch wire and elastic. The entire process shouldn’t take more than two hours,
You might feel some minor discomfort afterward — right after getting your braces, your tongue and cheek might rub uncomfortably against your braces. This is just your mouth getting used to the braces, which you should be used to within a week or so.
The length of time you need to wear braces depends on the specifics of your condition. You could need braces for one to three years. Before getting your braces, the team at Dentistry of Highland Village develops a treatment plan with you and gives you a rough estimate of how long you will need them before you achieve optimal straightening results.
During your regular visits while you have braces, they may adjust their previous estimate, but you will always be kept well-informed.
While you have braces, they can only be removed safely by a professional dentist.
Maintaining proper upkeep of your braces is an integral part of ensuring you don't add time to the time that you need them. Keep practicing good oral hygiene while you have braces. Brush and floss regularly, just as you would without braces. Also, try to minimize your sugar intake, since too much sugar can lead to harmful plaque accumulating in and around your braces.
If you or your child need braces, call or use the online booking tool today and set up a consultation.
At Dentistry of Highland Village, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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