Braces can give you or your child a straight smile and help keep your mouth healthy in the future. Dr. Nancy Aharon and her team of experts at Pittsburgh Sleep & Smile include braces as part of the family dental services they provide to the communities of Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, and nearby Pittsburgh. It can take one to three years to correct misaligned smiles, but you’ll find the warm and caring environment that’s fostered by Dr. Aharon’s commitment to her patients makes it easy to build a long-term relationship. Call today for an appointment or book your consultation online.
Traditional braces work by applying pressure to your teeth which, over time, moves them into proper alignment. Braces typically consist of small metal or tooth-colored brackets that are cemented to your teeth and connected to one another by a wire. Dr. Aharon periodically adjusts or tightens the wire to maintain consistent pressure as your teeth begin to shift into appropriate alignment.
Most patients report discomfort for a few days after the wire is tightened and while their teeth adjust to the new level of pressure. However, advances in dental technology and the materials used in today’s braces result in a more consistent but gentler force overall. This reduces discomfort and means you’ll need fewer sessions to tighten the wire that keeps pressure on your teeth.
It’s often recommended that you avoid certain contact sports or wear a special mouthguard when wearing braces since falls or hits to the face from a ball can result in painful lacerations to the inner lips and cheeks. Overall, however, braces are relatively safe and cause only mild discomfort at times.
Once your teeth have reached their proper alignment and your braces are removed, it’s vital that you wear a retainer as directed to hold your teeth in their new position. Skipping this part of the straightening process can quickly undo all the improvement you gained from braces.
Dr. Aharon typically recommends children with obvious bite deformities or crowded/crooked teeth begin treatment with braces between 8 and 14 years of age. Starting early often produces optimal results, but adults with healthy teeth can also benefit greatly from braces.
Teens and adults may also consider using clear Invisalign aligners to straighten their teeth. This method is sometimes preferred because they’re nearly invisible and easily removed for eating popcorn and other treats you should avoid with traditional braces.
Along with perfecting your smile, straight teeth decrease your risk of developing: