A healthy, functional and attractive smile requires teeth that are straight and jaws that are well aligned. A good bite with teeth that are straight not only looks good, it contributes to overall oral health and well being.
Braces are orthodontic devices that are used to address problems such as crooked, gapped or crowded teeth, overbites or underbites and improper jaw relationships. With advances in orthodontic technology and systems of care, a wide selection of braces is available today. Providing effective and efficient care, these choices are far less bulky, much less noticeable, and more comfortable than previous generations of braces.
The type of braces the dentist recommends for a patient’s case depends on several factors including:
- The severity of the bite problems
- The degree of crowding or spacing of the teeth
- If there is a need for extractions
- The relationship of the upper and lower jaws and if a surgical correction is also required
- How long the braces need to be worn to achieve the best outcome of care
- If any supplementary appliances are needed to support orthodontic correction
- A patient’s cosmetic concerns