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Braces for Teeth: Everything You Need to Know

Braces for Teeth: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re considering braces for teeth, you’re probably wondering what the experience is like. This article will provide everything you need to know about braces – from how they work to what results to expect. We’ll also discuss the different types of braces available, as well as how long treatment usually lasts.

What Are Braces for Teeth and What Do They Do?

Braces are dental tools designed to correct issues like overcrowding, crooked teeth, or bite and tooth alignment. As the most popular orthodontic treatment, braces adjust the placement of your teeth and bite over time.

Braces work by applying mild pressure to your teeth to move them gradually. This pressure slowly moves your teeth into the correct position. Braces may be the only treatment you need depending on the severity of your tooth or bite misalignment.

How Long Do Braces Take to Work?

The amount of time that braces take to work varies from person to person. However, on average, braces take around two to three years to achieve desired results.

If you have severe orthodontic issues, you may need to wear braces for a more extended period.

The treatment time is usually a bit shorter with children as their bones are still growing. And braces can help guide a child’s jawbone growth. However, getting your child orthodontic treatment as quickly as possible is essential. Waiting too long can cause more severe dental problems down the road.

How Often Do I Need to Go in for Adjustments/Treatment?

First, you will visit an orthodontist for an initial consultation like Dr. Maria Yazji, member of the American Association of Orthodontists. During this consultation, the orthodontist will take x-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth or a 3D scan to create a treatment plan according to your smile goals.

You will need to go in for checkups and adjustments every four to six weeks. The frequency of these appointments will depend on several factors. These include if you’re not breaking your braces with forbidden foods, using your elastic bands, and how much progress you’re making.

During these appointments, the orthodontist will tighten or loosen the braces as necessary.

What Kind of Braces for Teeth Are Available?

Several braces for teeth are available, each with its own set of benefits and drawbacks.

Here are a few different available options:

  • Traditional braces: The most common braces for teeth. They consist of metal brackets attached to teeth with wires.
  • Invisalign®: These braces are made from clear plastic and are virtually invisible when worn.
  • Ceramic braces: Ceramic braces are made from tooth-colored materials, making them less visible than traditional braces.
  • Lingual braces: Lingual braces attach to the inside of your teeth, making them virtually invisible from the outside.

Conclusion

If you’re considering braces for teeth for yourself or a family member, consult with an orthodontist like Dr. Maria Yazji, who’s been creating beautiful smiles for over 25 years in Weston, West Miami, and Brickell. She’ll help you  determine which type of braces is right for you. Braces are a safe and affordable way to fix many dental problems and can provide you with a beautiful smile. Having a straight teeth can help improve your self-esteem and be healthier and happier.

Dr. Yazji is an orthodontist in Miami, Florida that specializes in braces for teeth. With three convenient locations in Weston, Downtown Brickell, and West Miami she’s able to serve 1000’s of families in South Florida. Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Yazji to learn more about orthodontic treatment and if braces are right for you.

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