Why Choose an Orthodontist?
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Metal braces are one of the most effective types of orthodontic treatments that can shift teeth into the desired position more quickly and accurately. Braces are durable and can withstand the wear and tear of regular brushing and flossing. Metal braces are also more comfortable than other types of braces. These braces can correct all kinds of dental problems, such as overbites, misalignment, gaps, and crooked teeth. Please contact our Kent or Maple Valley office today for more information!
The first thing to expect when getting metal braces is an appointment with your dentist for a check-up. During this appointment, the orthodontist will assess your oral health and take X-rays and impressions of your teeth to help plan your course of treatment.
Once your metal braces are ready, they will be fitted onto your teeth, which may take a couple of appointments. Before you get the braces, your dentist will clean your teeth thoroughly to facilitate bonding. Then bonding glue will be used on your teeth to help adhere the brackets over the surface of the teeth.
You may experience some discomfort after the metal braces are placed and during adjustments. It may take several days to get used to wearing braces, but the feeling will eventually disappear. Your orthodontist will give you instructions on how to care for your braces and will book follow-up appointments for check-ups.
Metal braces consist of metal brackets that are fitted to the front of your teeth and secured with an archwire. The archwire is strengthened periodically by an orthodontist to slowly shift your teeth into their correct position.
Spacers are used to create room between the teeth before the brackets are fitted. Tiny rubber bands or elastics are then used to anchor the archwire to the brackets.
The length of the period you need to wear braces varies depending on your unique orthodontic needs. Most people will need to wear metal braces for around 24 months. Some patients with less severe issues will require as little as 6-12 months. However, those with severe cases may take up to 3 years or longer for their braces to be effective.
It is important to take proper care of your teeth while in braces. You need to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day. Rinse your mouth with a fluoride mouthwash and avoid hard and crunchy foods that could damage your braces. You should also visit your orthodontist every four to six weeks for adjustments.
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