If you need to correct your bite or if your teeth are crooked, orthodontics can help align and straighten your teeth and improve your oral health. Braces straighten teeth by applying even pressure on them over a longer period of time. Depending on the severity of the problem, treatment times can range from 6 months to 2 years.
Braces are offered in the traditional metal with elastics style or the new Invisalign style. Invisalign braces are nearly invisible, removable aligners that are changed every two weeks. Each aligner is individually moulded to fit your teeth to create a perfect fit each time. Invisalign are braces that won’t change your appearance or disrupt your day-to-day life.
Depending on the kind of braces you are a candidate for, you may be required to follow some specific care instructions. Braces often provide good hiding spaces for bits of food and can cause an increase risk of decay. Your dentist has your oral health as a top priority and will tell you how to keep your teeth healthy while you are wearing braces.