How to Get A Healthy, Beautiful Smile
Treating Minor to Complex Malocclusion
Dr. Smith and his team combine first-rate dental skills with state-of-the-art technology to ensure your braces bring out your best smile. We begin the process with a full exam, including a series of digital imaging and impressions which allow Dr. Smith a complete picture of your dental health. We tailor your treatment plan according to your specific needs, so you receive the best treatment for your smile.
At the office of Dr. Smith, we provide a variety of treatment options, including traditional braces, lingual (behind the teeth) braces, and invisible braces through Invisalign® and ClearCorrect®. With these options, we can confidently treat everything from mild to complex alignment issues, ensuring that your smile is healthy and beautiful.
- Braces for Children: Children often benefit the most from braces, as their developing jaws make positioning the teeth less difficult. Many children feel conflicted about braces, liking the idea of straighter teeth, but concerned about whether it will cause pain. The good news is applying the braces is a painless process, and while soreness is common when making adjustments, this typically lasts a few days at most. When the treatment is complete, your child will have a healthy, straight smile they can wear proudly into adulthood.
- Braces for Adults: While adjusting an adult’s bite can be a bit more complex, adults benefit just as much from a straight, healthy bite. Straighter teeth not only look more attractive, but you will have a lower risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Plus, being able to chew normally may improve your digestion.
If you are concerned about how traditional braces may affect your daily life, you may want to consider alternatives, such as lingual braces and clear braces. Lingual braces are attached to the tooth surfaces that face the tongue, straightening without visually disrupting your smile. Clear braces are custom-fitted trays that fit seamlessly over your teeth and can be removed for eating and brushing.
Dr. Smith will discuss the pros and cons of each type with you and will help you determine which option is best for your dental needs.
Will Braces Hurt? The Orthodontic Experience
Contrary to what you might think, traditional braces are not painful when first applied. The brackets are fixed to the teeth with simple dental cement, and an arch-wire is attached to help reposition them. The process is simple and doesn’t harm the teeth in any way.
Soreness may happen after the wire has been placed, or more tension is added. This is due to the pressure of shifting the teeth. However, this soreness only lasts a few days at most.
It can take some time to adjust to having the new dental appliances. Most people adjust enough that they stop noticing them. However, if you are prone to mouth sores, or are involved in physical activities such as contact sports, it may be better to try clear braces such as Invisalign and Clear Correct.