Braces work to straighten your smile by placing light pressure on the teeth as they move in the jaw. Traditional braces include brackets that are bonded to the fronts of the teeth, wires that are placed through the brackets of each arch of your smile, and elastic bands that hold these wires in place. An orthodontist will tighten the wires every 4-6 weeks or so to gradually move the teeth into their intended, proper places. This can typically be achieved in 1-3 years.
There are other types of braces such as Invisalign which works to straighten teeth with “invisible” trays that look a lot like retainers. Whichever option you choose, braces improve the appearance and function of your smile by shifting your teeth into their correct positions. Also, when you achieve the desired results of your orthodontic treatment, it will be much easier to keep your teeth clean. When your bite is crooked, your teeth don't fit together the way they should, and it can be harder to brush and floss. When you are unable to clean your teeth as well as you should, there is a risk of developing periodontal disease and eventually losing these teeth as a result.
If you are interested in braces, talk to your dentist at your next visit. We can refer you or your children to an orthodontist in the area! Give us a call at 207-645-4994 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.