Braces are one of the most common treatments used when teeth are crooked or the bite is misaligned. Braces use a combination of brackets, wires and bands that are used to shift teeth over the course of treatment. Our Northridge braces dentist can help you decide if braces are right for you.
If you are a candidate for braces, our expert in braces in Northridge will begin with a thorough dental exam. We will ask about your dental and health history, look at your teeth and gums, take dental X-rays and make dental impressions of your teeth. We may also take photographs or digital images to better plan your treatment. Several types of orthodontic treatments are available, including conventional braces and invisible braces. We will explain your options and help you decide which one is right for you.
To begin treatment, our Northridge braces dentist will bond brackets to each tooth. This bonding agent is extremely strong, but can be easily removed when your treatment is finished. The brackets secure the archwire. This wire is threaded through the brackets and attached to bands, which are wrapped around molars and act as an anchor for the brackets. Some patients will also need elastic bands, which help move teeth in specific ways to achieve a more balanced bite. Springs, spacers and other tools may be used depending on your individual needs.
Once your braces are secured to your teeth, our expert in braces in Northridge will explain the best way to take care of them and your teeth. In most cases, you will need to adjust your diet to reduce the risk of damage to your teeth, brackets and wires. You will also need to take extra precautions when brushing and flossing to ensure you remove all traces of debris and plaque. Finally, you will need to visit our office periodically to have the archwires adjusted.
A straight smile can be beneficial to people of all ages, and as long as their teeth and gums are otherwise healthy, patients with crooked teeth may be candidates for braces. Call us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our Northridge dentist.
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