Straight, even teeth are a key characteristic of a beautiful smile. If you have misaligned teeth and are interested in improving your appearance, Dr. John P. Goodman may recommend traditional braces at his Kansas City, MO, practice. To learn how traditional braces can enhance your smile and oral health, contact us today and schedule your consultation.
Benefits of Traditional Orthodontics
Traditional braces are composed of wires and brackets that are bonded to the surface of each tooth. Most people know that orthodontics can deliver a more uniform smile, but braces also provide many practical benefits to your oral health. Traditional braces can correct overlapping and crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, and other bite issues. As a result, orthodontics can treat current as well as future dental health concerns. Crooked and crowded teeth can be difficult to clean, which heightens your risk for developing gum disease and decay. Misaligned teeth and an uneven bite can also contribute to strain on the jaw. Over time, this pressure can cause migraines, face or neck pain, and other symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
Candidates for Braces
Nearly anyone with uneven teeth or a misaligned bite can be a candidate for traditional orthodontics. Children more commonly choose braces, but adults can benefit too. It is important to note that since the facial structure of an adult is no longer developing, older patients typically need to wear braces slightly longer to achieve their treatment goals.
Although traditional braces are very effective, you may be interested in a more discreet orthodontic system. Dr. Goodman offers Six Month Smiles®, an accelerated treatment program that uses tooth-colored brackets and wires.
Your Treatment Plan
The first step in receiving braces consists of a comprehensive oral exam. At this time, we will take x-rays and create models of your teeth to develop your customized treatment plan. Next, you will return to our office to have the brackets bonded to each tooth. Ring-like bands will be attached to the brackets and encircle the molars, and a flexible metal wire will be placed to connect the braces.
You will periodically return to our office to have the wires tightened. These adjustments allow us to gently move the teeth into their proper alignment. Although total treatment times vary case-by-case, Dr. Goodman will be able to provide you with an estimate of how long you will need to wear braces during an evaluation. After your braces are removed, it is strongly recommended that you wear a retainer to stabilize your new smile, and prevent teeth from shifting out of place.
Caring for Traditional Braces
Taking care of your braces can be easy with a little practice and common sense. After you first receive your braces or undergo an adjustment, your teeth and jaw may feel tight or tender. During this time, you can use over-the-counter pain relievers to dispel any discomfort. It is also recommended that you eat softer foods, and refrain from crunchy or chewy snacks and meals. Even after you are accustomed to wearing your braces, it is a good idea to stay away from certain foods – especially hard or sticky items - that could damage or break your brackets and wires.
While everyone should practice good oral hygiene, it is especially important for patients with braces. Our staff is happy to demonstrate the best flossing and brushing techniques for your braces. With a little practice, patients will become comfortable caring for their smile until their braces are ready to be removed.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Dr. Goodman and his staff want you to be eager to share your smile with everyone. Reach out to their practice today to schedule your consultation and learn more about your orthodontic options.