At Burien Family Dental Care, we provide braces, dental appliances used to correct and correct misaligned or crooked teeth and bite issues. They consist of brackets, wires, and bands that work together to apply gentle and controlled pressure to the teeth, gradually moving them into their desired positions. The primary goal of braces is to improve the alignment of teeth, enhance oral function, and create a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Braces can address a wide range of dental issues, including:
- Teeth that are misaligned, overlapping, or rotated
- Gaps and spaces between teeth resulting from missing or naturally occurring gaps
- Dental crowding, which occurs when the jaw has insufficient space for all the teeth to align properly.
Types of Braces
Metal braces consist of metal brackets attached to the teeth's front surfaces and connected by metal wires. The orthodontist periodically adjusts the wires to move the teeth into their desired positions gradually. Metal braces are highly effective and suitable for correcting many dental issues.
Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces in design but use tooth-colored or clear ceramic brackets instead of metal brackets. The ceramic material blends with the natural color of the teeth, making them less noticeable. Ceramic braces are popular for individuals who desire a more discreet orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces. They are custom-made, removable trays made of clear plastic. Invisalign aligners gradually move the teeth into alignment through trays, each worn for a specified period. They are nearly invisible and have the advantage of being removable, allowing for easier oral hygiene and the ability to eat and drink without restrictions.
The Advantages of Braces
The primary benefit of braces is their ability to correct various types of dental misalignment, including crooked teeth, overcrowding, gaps, and bite irregularities. By applying gentle and controlled pressure to the teeth, braces gradually move them into proper positions, improving overall alignment and symmetry.
Misaligned teeth can affect proper chewing and biting, leading to difficulties eating certain foods and improper digestion. By aligning the teeth, braces can improve oral function, allowing for more efficient chewing and enhancing the overall digestive process. Thus, straightening the teeth with braces can significantly improve oral health.
Misaligned or crowded teeth can be more challenging to clean properly, making them more susceptible to dental problems like tooth decay, gum disease, and cavities. By aligning the teeth, braces make it easier to brush and floss effectively, reducing the risk of dental issues and promoting better oral hygiene.
Braces are a highly effective and commonly used orthodontic treatment to correct dental misalignment and bite issues. They can significantly improve oral function, oral health, and the smile's overall appearance. For the best dental care, visit Burien Family Dental Care at 112 SW 160th Burien, WA 98166, or call (206) 244-6774.