When your teeth are not properly aligned, your smile may not look as good as it could. Misaligned teeth are also more difficult to keep clean, which could increase your risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. With proper orthodontic care, your teeth can be realigned into ideal positions in your jaws for a better-looking smile and improved overall health.

Who Can Get Orthodontic Care

Kids and adults with most of their permanent teeth in place can receive orthodontic treatment. Your dentist may recommend orthodontic services if you have misaligned, crowded or poorly spaced teeth. You may need braces because of small jaws, thumb sucking, facial injuries, unusual jaw development or dental cavities.

How Orthodontic Devices Are Affixed and Adjusted

Some people begin with a removable retainer or spacer custom made for the mouth. Many patients progress to or start out with braces. Braces are affixed during a visit to the orthodontist. This specialty dentist cleans and dries your teeth. An adhesive is then applied to your teeth, and brackets are attached. An arch wire is fitted to the inside of your oral arch and connected to the brackets. The brackets are tightened about once per month to move the teeth into the desired position.

Caring for Your Teeth and Braces

Braces and other orthodontic devices can make it more challenging to clean your teeth. Even so, you will need to continue brushing and flossing twice daily. Continue visiting your dentist for oral cleanings and exams. Use a fluoridated mouth rinse to protect your teeth from cavities. You may need to avoid sugary, sticky, stringy and hard foods, such as caramels, popcorn, and nuts while receiving orthodontic care.

Schedule a consultation with Sunen Pandya, DDS to see your options for orthodontic care and get an expert’s opinion.