Traditional Braces – West Mobile, AL

Affordable, Reliable, & Comfortable Orthodontics

Despite the countless advances made in dentistry over the last few decades, traditional metal braces are still one of the most dependable ways to straighten the teeth. Luckily, they are very different from the bulky, noticeable ones you likely saw growing up. Traditional braces in West Mobile from Parker Dental & Orthodontics are more subtle and comfortable than ever before, and we’ve used them to help countless patients of all ages get the stunning smiles they desire.

How Do Traditional Braces Work?

The basic principle of braces is that they apply a small amount of consistent pressure to the teeth in order to shift them. This is done by placing an archwire along both rows of teeth, and these are held in place by brackets attached to each tooth. Over the course of treatment (which can last anywhere from six months to two years), this wire will be adjusted slowly but surely to bring the teeth into their ideal positions.

What Orthodontic Issues Can Braces Fix?

One of the best things about braces is that they can help with both simple and complex orthodontic needs with incredible consistency.

Crowded & Crooked Teeth

Whether your teeth overlap or are rotated, braces can create the necessary space to achieve a balanced and attractive look.

Gapped Teeth

Unwanted gaps increase the risk of gum disease while also negatively affecting someone’s appearance, but braces are great at closing spaces and making sure they stay gone.

Bite Misalignment

On top of addressing issues that affect individual teeth, braces can fix things like underbite, overbite, crossbite, and open bite that can lead to jaw/facial pain as well as a less-than-perfect facial profile.

Caring for Your Braces

Braces are relatively low maintenance when compared to clear aligners, but a few practices do need to be followed to ensure a patient has a smooth journey throughout their treatment. Keeping up with brushing and flossing at home is paramount to avoid cavities that can derail someone’s timeline, and in that spirit, a patient should also avoid really sticky or chewy foods that could dislodge a bracket. Most importantly, a patient needs to attend their regular progress checks with their dentist—that way, any potential issues or adjustments can be made before they cause any real trouble.