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Orthodontics Shelby Township MI
Traditional braces are the most common orthodontic treatment offered at Great Lakes Dentistry in Shelby Twp. Made from metal wires and brackets cemented onto the front of your teeth, braces apply specific amounts of pressure on your teeth to shift them into place gently. Traditional braces are ideal for our adolescent patients whose permanent teeth have completely grown in. Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver, our caring dentist, will sit down with you to help determine whether braces are the right solution for your smile and how long your braces should be worn. You will be guided through each step of the treatment process by our friendly, knowledgeable team.
What exactly are traditional braces?
While you probably know someone who has braces, you might be wondering what is behind the mechanism that makes traditional braces effective. Standard braces, as we know, incorporate a series of metal brackets connected by wire. The teeth-straightening device is sealed onto your teeth using an adhesive. Periodic tightening of the braces ensures they do their job correctly, progressively straightening misaligned teeth and jaw structure by continuously putting pressure on your teeth.
How can traditional braces help me?
Current trends in orthodontic dentistry take into account the aesthetics of the procedures. And although many alternative options for a beautiful smile are available, the advances in dentistry did not bypass traditional braces. The innovative solutions are continuously applied to standard braces to enhance the experience, make wearing them more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, and provide the best possible results. How can traditional braces help you?
Teeth crowding is often related to the structure of your upper and lower jaws, mainly to the size of your jaw compared to the size of the tooth. This inconsistency causes your teeth to make room by pushing and pressing on their neighbors, resulting in misalignments, overcrowding, and unnatural bite patterns. Some of the teeth may be sitting higher than others, being pushed behind or forward, and generally making a big mess in your mouth that can interfere with your daily comfort. By applying slight pressure, traditional braces effectively and gradually align your teeth into their rightful position.
A diastema, or gaps between teeth, has been a symbol of beauty and fertility among women since the middle ages. And although some cultures value it more than others, a diastema can also become a source of your insecurities. Besides genetic predispositions, gapping between teeth can develop as a result of gum disease, damaging the tissue that supports your teeth. A diastema can be corrected with the use of orthodontic braces.
When it comes to oral health, it is often a cycle where one issue triggers another in various ways. Crooked or crowded teeth cause an uneven bite and, as a result, a misaligned jaw. Like falling dominoes, a misaligned jaw causes further damage, affecting your temporal mandibular joint (TMJ), developing pain, and severe complications. A misaligned jaw can and should be corrected with an orthodontic device.
As with other orthodontic issues, open bites result from poor oral habits in early childhood, such as excessive thumb and pacifier sucking. As a result of an open bite, the jaw cannot close completely, leaving a gap between the anterior upper and lower teeth. Open bites can be successfully treated with traditional braces.
Overbites and underbites are two common malocclusions affecting the overall facial structure. Both issues can pose problems with chewing and biting foods, leading to further tooth problems. An orthodontic appliance will apply an appropriate amount of pressure to gently align your teeth and jaw.
Gum disease or gingivitis can result from severely misaligned teeth. Malocclusions, along with other biting problems, make regular oral hygiene a complicated task. Adequate brushing and flossing become an issue, leading to tooth decay and further damage. It is crucial to fix the defect before it becomes serious, and surgical intervention may be required in some cases. Traditional braces can prevent and treat periodontal problems.
Your overall well-being
Besides health factors indicating the need for orthodontic treatment, traditional braces will ultimately boost your self-esteem and confidence. Having a beautiful, radiant smile is often the first thing people notice and describe you by. Hiding your teeth creates further insecurities and may potentially have a substantial impact on your psychological health. The teeth straightening process eliminates these issues by gifting you with joy and peace of mind.
We can help!
While it is normal to experience some discomfort when your braces are first applied, we do everything within our power to help you or your family member feel comfortable throughout the alignment process. We will also provide you with advice and assistance when it comes to taking care of your smile at home. This includes tips on how to maintain good oral hygiene habits and what foods are best to avoid while wearing braces. If you would like more information about braces in Shelby Township, Michigan, we welcome you to give our dental office a call. We would love to discuss all the benefits of braces with you and your family!