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Traditional Braces


Teenage girls smiling with braces at Senestraro Family Orthodontics.If you have been told that you need braces, you may be wondering why you need braces. You might also have questions about why traditional braces are right for you. Senestraro Family Orthodontics has some answers for your braces questions.

Why Do I Need Traditional Braces?


Usually, people need traditional braces because they have a bad bite- either an overbite, an underbite, or a crossbite. They might also need braces because they have crooked teeth, or teeth that crowd each other. Braces are also used for people whose jaws don’t meet where they should.

There are many reasons why people might have incorrect bites, misaligned teeth, or crooked teeth. Thumb sucking and pacifier use contribute to problems with jaw alignment. Some people also need braces because of accidents or injuries. Accidents or injuries can also cause tooth loss, which may make the entire jaw look different than it should. There are some bite problems that are inherited. If your mom or dad suffered from bite problems, you are more likely to suffer from bite problems as well.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Traditional Braces


Orthodontists and dentists say that traditional braces are more effective in some cases than other braces, or invisible aligners. For example, if someone has extreme tooth overcrowding, traditional braces make more sense than other forms of braces. This may be because metal braces give orthodontists more leeway in moving teeth. Teeth cannot be moved in large swaths of space, but rather a little bit at a time. With braces, dental professionals can control tooth movement effectively.

The largest disadvantages of metal braces are the look of metal braces themselves. Many people say they do not want traditional braces because of the way that they look. This is especially true of people who are self-conscious of their appearance. However, metal braces have changed greatly over the years. They are not as heavy as they were in the past. They also come in a range of options of colors for brackets, which are cemented onto the teeth, and elastics. Having a choice of brackets and elastics helps some people overcome their fears of metal mouth.

How Do I Care For My Braces?


There are ways you can make sure that you treat your braces nicely. The better you can care for your braces, the less we will have to replace the brackets and delay treatment. This means you might get your braces off more quickly. First, you need to avoid certain foods while wearing braces.

Chewy foods such as soft candies and crunchy, hard foods such as popcorn can damage or break brackets. While fruits are wonderful, hard fruits, such as apples, have to be cut up to be eaten. You also need to make sure that you are brushing and flossing each day. If you do not brush and floss, your teeth may be discolored when you get your braces removed. Finally, be sure that you make and keep your appointments. This will make sure your braces are adjusted regularly.

If you have questions about braces or orthodontic treatments, give Senestraro Family Orthodontics a call at (503) 446-5815. We would love to talk to you about treatments and dental care.
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