Traditional Braces – Austin, TX
Have a Beautiful Smile with Traditional Braces
Braces have long been the go-to treatment for correcting crooked, gapped, and crowded teeth. Even misaligned bites (e.g., overbite, crossbite) can be addressed with these metal brackets and wires. There’s a reason why traditional braces haven’t faded away with other relics of the past—they work for nearly all cases of malocclusion, or teeth misalignment. If you are interested in learning more about traditional braces and wonder whether they could be right for you, give us a call and schedule your consultation with Avenue Dental today!
Why Choose Avenue Dental for Traditional Braces?
- Patients of All Ages Welcome
- Engineering Approach to Realigning Teeth
- Highly Trained, Bilingual Dentists
Benefits of Traditional Braces
Although other newer treatments may attract a lot of attention, traditional braces have many advantages. Even after all the innovations that have been introduced in recent years, this treatment is still considered the most reliable option, especially for severe cases. In addition, we often choose traditional braces for younger patients because braces are typically easier for compliance than clear plastic aligners, which can be misplaced or lost.
Good Candidates for Traditional Braces
Traditional braces can be used for most orthodontic patients, but they are particularly helpful for the following:
- Children, teens, or adults who might struggle with compliance.
- Patients with severe misalignment.
- Young patients who haven’t yet reached skeletal maturity.
At your consultation, we’ll evaluate your specific case to determine whether traditional braces will work best for you.
How Traditional Braces Work
All orthodontic changes involve shifting the teeth within the jawbone. The wire pulls on the brackets, which are attached to your teeth, moving them into the desired position. About every two to four weeks, you come into our office so that we can check on your progress and adjust the tension on the wires. It is common for your mouth to feel sore for a day or two following this visit, but the discomfort should subside.
Day-to-Day Care of Braces
In order to reap the full benefits of traditional braces, you need to take care of them. For instance, you need to follow our instructions and avoid eating certain foods like popcorn or sticky candy. These off-limits foods can either make the brackets or wires come out or encourage bacterial growth. After you eat, you need to brush and floss around your braces so that bits of food don’t turn into bacteria-filled plaque. Also, be sure you attend all your adjustment appointments with us. Delaying or skipping these can prolong your treatment.