Braces Fairfax VA
In the past, everyone who wanted straighter teeth had to have metal braces. Because people felt self-conscious about these traditional braces, less visible options like Invisalign were created. While Invisalign works well for some cases, it cannot help with every misalignment issue.
That is why many people still use traditional braces. These braces work well for overcrowding issues and allows your dentist to control the alignment. Traditional braces involve metal brackets and wires. Today, the brackets are a bit smaller but they still work the same way. In addition, the wires may be heat-activated. This allows your body heat to move the teeth quickly and with less pain. While traditional braces are the most noticeable type of braces, they can be the least expensive. Many kids like them because the rubber bands surrounding the brackets can be customized with different colors. Plus, braces cannot be misplaced like aligners, so they are more convenient.
Caring for Your Braces
Traditional braces require special care. Certain foods can damage these braces. This means you must avoid hard and crunchy foods such as candies and chips. Chewy food such as caramel and taffy should also be avoided. Meat and other foods should be cut into small pieces.
Braces can make it difficult to keep your teeth clean, but proper brushing and flossing is more important than ever. Your dentist will supply you with special tools to remove food particles from your braces and prevent stains.
Be sure to keep all appointments with your dentist. At each visit, your dentist will examine your brackets and wires. He or she will also check on your progress and see if there are any problems affecting alignment. Adjustments may be needed.
Depending on your situation, you may need to wear braces for 1-2 years. If any part of your braces breaks, be sure to call your dentist right away.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Sapphire Dental in Fairfax, VA offers traditional braces as well as newer technology such as Invisalign. Discover your best option today. Call 703-260-6622 or book an appointment online.