Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth
Orthodontic braces, or simply "braces," are used in orthodontic dentistry to align and straighten crooked or crowded teeth; they are also used to correct a variety of bite problems and malocclusions, as well as improve overall dental health. Dr. Kellyn Hodges offers several orthodontic solutions at her Pennsylvania practices, but traditional braces remain one of the most popular options for Philadelphia-area patients.
Traditional braces are composed of metal brackets strung with arch wire, designed to slowly mold the teeth into proper alignment. Metal braces are generally the most affordable orthodontic option. Traditional, metal braces are also required for patients in need of extensive orthodontic realignment. During a personal consultation with orthodontist Kellyn Hodges, our team will tailor a proper course of treatment, and determine if braces are right for you.
Dr. Kellyn Hodges describes orthodontic spacers, also known as separators, that create space between the molars. The spacer is a blue rubber band that is inserted between the molars by being stretched out. As the spacer contracts, it gently creates space between the molars. The spacer creates room for dental appliances in future visits.
Traditional braces are the most widely used, and the most economical orthodontic option. Braces use constant force and pressure to slowly move teeth into proper alignment over time. Using brackets, archwire, bonding material, and ligature elastics, commonly known as O-rings, Dr. Hodges is able to correct malocclusion and help patients improve their oral health. If you are in need of braces, please look at our various Philadelphia-area practices.
After molds of the teeth have been taken, and braces deemed the proper course of treatment, the procedure can begin. The braces placement procedure begins with the application of an adhesive to the teeth that are to be braced, so that the bonding material is able to adhere properly. The teeth are then banded, and brackets are bonded to the individual teeth; this process usually takes just a few seconds per tooth. Spacers are sometimes required to create more room for future molar banding. Once the brackets are placed, and spacers if necessary, the arch wire will be threaded between the brackets and secured in place using ligature elastics. Depending on the case, there are a variety of configurations for braces to help remedy a range of orthodontic issues. The brackets, arch wire, and elastics all come in different materials and colors, so there are still choices, even with traditional, metal braces.
During follow-up orthodontic appointments the braces will be adjusted and tightened, slowly correcting the teeth by stretching the periodontal membrane. Adjustments must be made about once a month. Depending on the case, the braces treatment takes approximately two and half years. Traditional braces are used primarily by children, but are also available for adults, though many adults opt for a more cosmetically appealing and convenient solution. Following treatment with braces, a retainer must be worn in order to avoid teeth reverting back to their original misalignment.
Learn More about Braces
At Dr. Kellyn Hodges' orthodontic practices, many of our patients opt for traditional braces to correct their various orthodontic issues. Due to affordability and a proven track record of success, traditional braces remain the most popular option for patients in the Philadelphia area. So if you are ready to begin your braces treatment, need an evaluation, or simply have more questions about braces, Dr. Hodges can help. Please contact our Bensalem, Montgomeryville, or Bala Cynwyd orthodontics office today to schedule your personal consultation.
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