Braces are orthodontic appliances used to straighten teeth and correct bite problems. Braces consist of brackets, wires, and bands. The brackets are attached to the teeth, and the bands wrap around the brackets to hold the wires in place. The wires apply pressure to the teeth to reposition them over time.
Braces work by gently pushing teeth into proper alignment. The brackets and wires apply pressure to the teeth, gradually moving them into the correct position. Braces correct crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites, and other bite problems.
The way you define braces depends on whether you are talking about fixed or removable braces. Fixed braces are also known as bonded or traditional braces. These braces are fixed to the teeth using cement, and they do not come out. Removable braces, on the other hand, can be removed by the user.
Braces can help fix a number of dental issues. Here are some of the most common problems they address:
Patients of all ages can benefit from braces as long as they have healthy teeth and gums. However, braces are most effective for children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 16 because the teeth are still growing. By correcting the teeth while they are still developing, you can correct dental issues while they are still relatively minor.
The amount of time you’ll have to wear braces will depend on the severity of the issue you’re having corrected. Some patients with minor alignment issues may only need to wear the braces for as little as six months. Patients with severe alignment issues, though, may need to wear the braces for two years or more.
Call Dentist in Portland, OR at (503) 291-0000 or visit our dental practice at 4455 Sw Scholls Ferry Rd Suite 101, Portland, OR 97225 for more information on Braces.
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