What to Expect When Getting Dental Braces

What to Expect When Getting Dental Braces

Dental braces, also known as orthodontic braces, are a common orthodontic treatment offered by our dentist in Phoenix, AZ used to correct misaligned teeth and jaws. Here's what you need to know about dental braces:


The primary purpose of dental braces by our dentist in 85053 is to straighten crooked or misaligned teeth and correct bite issues such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite. By applying gentle and controlled forces to the teeth, braces gradually move them into their proper positions over time.


Traditional dental braces consist of several components:

    • Brackets: Small metal or ceramic brackets are bonded to the front surface of each tooth.
    • Archwires: Thin metal wires are threaded through the brackets and used to apply pressure to the teeth.
    • Ligatures: Elastic bands or metal wires called ligatures are used to hold the archwires in place on the brackets.
    • Bands: Metal bands may be placed around the back molars to provide additional anchorage for the braces.

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As a clinic that specializes in dental braces, we can actually work with the patient to ensure that the experience is far different from the old mouth full of metal for braces treatment. Additionally, with improvements in technology, braces can fix an entire range of problems.

A good example of this is people with an overbite or an underbite. With an overbite, the patient has a condition where the jawbone was extremely large, causing the teeth on the top to jut out further than the bottom teeth when closing the mouth. In an under-bite situation, it is the lower jaw that is too large. In either case, left untreated these can lead to weakness in the teeth, problems with eating and tooth loss, and even some challenges with vocabulary and enunciation. The good news is that we can now fix these with braces.

When one gets dental braces, we will work to make sure that the patient has straight and healthy teeth. The largest challenge we typically face comes in the form of something we have virtually no control over, a patient's oral hygiene. Once we install braces, patients will need to be extra cautious about oral hygiene. Braces tend to attract tiny particles of food which stick between the braces and the teeth. If left unattended, the food particles can cause a buildup of plaque or lead to bad breath, gum swelling, infections, and tooth discoloration. The good news is that with a little care, and planning, patients can ensure the teeth stay clean and healthy for the duration of the treatment. Call us to learn more.

Here are a few tips for helping your dental braces stay clean and healthy.

First, you should get used to the idea that it is going to take a little longer to brush your teeth. This occurs because you will need to focus your attention on individual teeth instead of brushing in quadrants. Taking 10 to 15 seconds to brush the individual teeth will ensure that you are brushing all surfaces including behind the teeth or on the tongue side of the mouth.

Most importantly you need to get in the habit of brushing your teeth immediately after meals, which includes snacks, to remove any food residue from the teeth. Doing this will help keep the braces and your teeth clean.

Overall, dental braces are a highly effective orthodontic treatment for correcting misaligned teeth and jaws, improving oral health, and enhancing the appearance of the smile. With proper care and maintenance, braces can achieve lasting results and a straighter, healthier smile.

To learn more, call Phoenix Family Dentistry at (602) 755-6684 for an appointment in our Phoenix office.


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