If you have crooked, crowded or protruding teeth, braces may be the answer for you. Braces can also help correct a misaligned bite and other jaw issues. If you’re looking for traditional braces in Creve Coeur, Olive Orthodontics is here to help!
Traditional braces are the most common way to treat a variety of orthodontic health problems. Braces use brackets and archwires to gently shift your teeth into a healthier alignment over many months. Whether you want to straighten your smile or correct your bite and jaw alignment, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you think traditional braces may be the right treatment option for you, learn more about how they work.
Brackets are small structures that hold the archwire that moves your teeth. They are bonded directly to the front of each tooth with a dental bonding agent to make sure they stay firmly in place. Brackets can be made from different materials including stainless steel, tooth-colored enamel or transparent plastic. Tooth-colored or plastic brackets are less noticeable than metal brackets but function in the same way.
Orthodontic bands are stainless steel, transparent or tooth-colored materials. Like the brackets, they are cemented to your teeth using a dental bonding agent. These bands wrap around each tooth to provide an anchor for the brackets. Not every patient will require bands, but we will be sure to discuss your specific needs during your consultation.
Archwires attach to the brackets or bands and are responsible for shifting your teeth. Think of these wires as guides. Your dentist will gradually tighten the archwires at each appointment, applying the gentle yet consistent pressure necessary to move your teeth in your jaw.
While you can still eat many of your favorite food while receiving braces treatment, some types of food aren’t braces-friendly. Chewy foods, like caramels and other soft candies, can get stuck in the brackets. Very hard or crunchy foods can also damage your braces.
Brushing and flossing are always important, but it is especially true when you’re wearing braces. Regular brushing and flossing will keep your braces clean and help you avoid stains on your teeth. Your dentist may also recommend you use a special brush to get into the hard-to-reach spaces between your braces and reduce your risk of cavities. Most importantly, be sure to keep your follow-up appointments. Seeing your dentist regularly will ensure your teeth are healthy and help your dentist address any questions or concerns you may have.
If you want a straighter smile, Olive Orthodontics is here to help! We’ll discuss all of your options and develop a treatment plan to give you the best possible results. Get straighter teeth with braces in Creve Coeur! Call our office today at (314) 274-1477 to schedule an appointment.