Braces are orthodontic appliances that correct the misalignment of the teeth and jaws. Metal brackets are attached to the teeth, and an archwire runs through them and connects them. This wire is tightened over time to shift the alignment of the teeth slowly.
At Smile Center Silicon Valley, we offer patients several types of braces, including traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, self-ligating braces, and lingual braces. No matter which braces you get, our dentist will give you specific instructions on properly caring for them to avoid damaging them or prolonging your treatment time.
Types of Braces
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most commonly used type of braces. They are made from high-grade stainless steel and consist of bands, which wrap around each tooth, and brackets bonded to the front of the teeth. The wires run through those bands and connect the brackets to move the teeth into their proper position. Patients often choose traditional braces because they are reliable and strong.
Clear ceramic braces are similar to traditional metal braces. However, the brackets are made from a clear composite material that blends in with your smile, making these braces less noticeable than metal braces. However, ceramic braces are more fragile than their metal counterparts, so they may not be the best choice for patients with certain oral habits like chewing on ice or biting fingernails.
The Benefits of Braces
Improved Dental Alignment
The primary benefit of braces is correcting misaligned teeth and improving dental alignment. Braces can straighten misaligned or crowded teeth, close gaps between teeth, and align the upper and lower jaws properly. This results in a more aesthetically pleasing smile and improved overall appearance.
Enhanced Oral Function
Proper dental alignment achieved through braces can improve oral function. Straight teeth and aligned jaws facilitate biting, chewing, and speaking, making these functions more efficient and comfortable. By improving bite alignment, braces can also alleviate issues like difficulty in biting or chewing certain foods.
Corrected Bite Issues
Braces can correct bite issues, including overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites. Aligning the teeth and jaws, braces help improve how the upper and lower teeth fit together, promoting proper bite alignment. This can prevent excessive wear on teeth, reduce the risk of jaw joint problems, and improve oral health.
By improving the smile's appearance, braces can boost self-confidence and make you feel more comfortable and confident in social and professional settings. To learn more about braces, visit Smile Center Silicon Valley at 877 W. FREMONT AVE, SUITE L3, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, or call (408) 245-7500.