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Traditional braces are the most common types of orthodontic procedures out there. Most children and teenagers get braces soon after their permanent teeth come out. Your teeth should ideally be perfectly aligned and your upper arch and lower arch should meet in the middle. However, a lot of people suffer from misaligned or crooked teeth because of reasons like overcrowding, narrow jaws, and other reasons.

On the one hand, misaligned teeth make your teeth look bad. Everyone likes a symmetrical and aligned pair of teeth. However, misaligned teeth also lead to various other problems like a poor bite, chipped or fractured teeth due to bruxism, TMD, and other problems. Getting braces and aligning your teeth can solve these issues.

When people talk about traditional braces, they’re referring to metallic brackets that apply gradual pressure on your teeth to move them in a specific direction. The metallic brackets are held in place by archwires that go through the brackets and connect to the back of your teeth. As your teeth start aligning, the dentist tightens the wires so the brackets apply even more pressure and continue moving your teeth in the correct direction.

You should ideally get traditional braces in your teenage years because that’s when your teeth are most malleable. However, you can even get braces in your adulthood — the only problem is that the procedure will take longer to work if you get them in adulthood when your teeth have set in place.

Sun Ridge Smiles offers some of the best orthodontic procedures in the country and we use some of the best traditional braces for your needs. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of traditional braces.

Advantages of Orthodontic Treatment

The upper and lower arches of your teeth should ideally meet in the middle. In some cases, however, your teeth are misaligned and don’t meet in the middle — this is called malocclusion. This can lead to several problems such as:

  • Speech impediments.
  • Uneven distribution of bite force — this means some of your teeth sustain more impact than others and are more likely to get damaged.
  • Bruxism and teeth grinding, which can lead to TMD, chipped tooth, fractured tooth, and other issues.
  • Jaw pains.
  • Facial pains.
  • Inability to clean your occlusal surface properly, which increases your risk of bacterial infection and gum disease.

Necessity of Traditional Braces

The following is a brief overview of some of the situations that necessitate the use of traditional braces:

  • Protruding Front Teeth — this is a condition in which your front teeth stick out more than the rest of your teeth.
  • Overcrowded Teeth — this is a condition in which you have narrow jaws, which leads to overcrowding of teeth and crooked teeth.
  • Overbite — this is a condition in which your upper arch hoods over your lower teeth.
  • Underbite — this is a condition in which your lower teeth protrude further than the upper teeth.
  • A wide range of other misaligned issues.


Traditional Braces Q&A

We’ll discuss the specifics of the procedure in person. However, the following are the general steps involved in the traditional braces procedure:

  • The orthodontist polishes and cleans your teeth.
  • A solution is painted on your teeth to make them suitable for adhesion.
  • The bonding glue is applied on your teeth.
  • The traditional braces are stuck on to your teeth.
  • The dentist slides the archwire through the braces and holds them in place with elastics.

This entire procedure shouldn’t take any more than an hour. After it’s done, the dentist will give you instructions on how to maintain your braces.

When it’s time to remove the braces, the dentist uses special tools to remove the wires and brackets from your teeth. They’ll also scrape off all the adhesive glue and polish your teeth so they’re clean.

You should ideally get traditional braces during your teenage years when your teeth are most malleable. However, there’s no age barrier on who can get traditional braces. In fact, most people who get braces are over 21 because it can boost the quality of your smile by aligning and straightening your teeth.

The exact length of the duration of your traditional braces procedure will depend on the quality of your teeth. However, in general, patients have to wear traditional braces for 12 months to 30 months.

You’ll have to see the dentist every four to eight weeks so they can monitor the progress and make sure the braces are working correctly. These appointments generally last for around 30 minutes.

Traditional braces shouldn’t cause any pain. At most, you’ll feel a little sensitivity and discomfort when you first wear your braces and are getting used to them. However, the pain can be managed with over-the-counter painkillers. Following the adjustment period, you won’t feel any pain. If you do, you should contact your dentist.

You should brush your teeth around four times a day while wearing braces — after every meal and before going to bed. This is because food particles can get stuck on your braces and you need to remove them.

Schedule your Traditional Braces Appointment

Sun Ridge Smiles has some of the country’s finest orthodontic dentists who can examine your teeth to decide how to straighten and align them. We provide a wide range of braces — including traditional braces — for some of the best orthodontic results. For more information, please schedule your traditional braces appointment today.