Braces are used to correct what are sometimes referred to as “bad bites,” also known as malocclusion (crowded or crooked teeth). In some cases your teeth may be straight, but your lower and upper jaws may not meet properly -- which will cause alignment problems. These jaw or tooth alignment problems may be inherited or could result from injury, early or late tooth loss, or even things such as thumb-sucking. If you have an abnormal bite your dentist may recommend braces or another orthodontic treatment to straighten out your smile. Correcting the problem not only results in a healthier mouth but will create that million-dollar smile. If you are an adult, having braces can be a fun topic of conversation. In fact, we recently came across an article on 21 Life Lessons Adult Braces Teach You. Enjoy!
What are my options?
Straightening your teeth can be accomplished in different ways. The kind of orthodontic treatment you have will depend on your preference and the options provided by your dentist or orthodontist. Traditional braces realign teeth by applying pressure. They usually consist of small brackets cemented to your teeth, connected by a wire, which is periodically tightened by your dentist or orthodontist to gradually shift your teeth and jaw. The brackets may be metal or tooth colored. Sometimes they are placed behind your teeth. Removable aligners are another option for treating orthodontic problems.
Dr. Leon Stein has over 30 years in dealing with Braces and can work with you to achieve your smile makeover.