Designed to treat varying degrees of examine your teeth and jaws before determining a personalized treatment plan intended to produce ideal results., traditional metal braces can be used on children, teens, or adults. Our dentist will thoroughly
Though metal braces may require a lengthier time commitment, many patients agree that the smile created is well worth the wait.
How Do I Know if I Need Braces?
The decision to pursue braces is ultimately a personal one. Our dentist can make a recommendation based on what is found during regular dental visits, but it will be up to you to let us know if you’d like to begin orthodontic treatment.
Our dentist may discuss the possibility of braces for you or a child if the following is found:
- Jaw misalignment
- Visibly crooked or crowded teeth
- Open bite that prevents upper and lower teeth from touching
- Under or overbite
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
If you’re concerned with how your child’s mouth is developing, please let our dentist know. It is always best to get ahead of dental issues at a younger age before they become difficult to fix.
Things to Keep in Mind When Wearing Braces
Because braces are affixed to your teeth and are not removable, it’s important to take extra care when eating or practicing oral hygiene. If braces are not properly maintained, you risk causing damage to them and food becoming trapped underneath.
After your braces are put on, our dentist will inform you of dietary restrictions and oral care instructions. You’ll need to do your best to avoid chewy foods, like caramel, and hard or crunchy foods. Though delicious, these types of foods can get stuck in your braces and result in unwanted or costly fixes.
Unsure about something in particular? Give our Washington dental office a call and our staff can provide you with the answers you need.