ESP Dental is proud to offer orthodontic treatment to provide the patients in Phoenix, AZ with the straight, beautiful smiles they’re looking for. One method that has been popular for many years and which continues to produce satisfactory results is metal braces.

How do braces work?

In general, orthodontic treatments such as traditional metal braces work to move the teeth into a new position by applying a small but steady pressure on them in a specific way. Braces are commonly used to treat crooked or crowded teeth, a misaligned bite, and jaw problems. Using orthodontic treatment results not only in a straighter, more attractive smile, but improved eating and speaking abilities and improved oral hygiene (as straight teeth are easier to clean).

Procedure for metal braces

Metal braces consist of a system of brackets and wires. The brackets are attached to the teeth using an adhesive. They are then connected together by a wire, which exerts a steady pressure on the teeth. You will visit your dentist occasionally for a check-in and also to have the wire tightened to maintain this pressure as the teeth gradually straighten and the jaw realigns.

This treatment is commonly seen in teens, but it can be utilized by adults as well. It is somewhat infamously known as an uncomfortable and unattractive process, especially compared to invisible aligners, which are more comfortable and easier to maintain, but it may produce better results. Additionally, advancements in dental technology have helped to make braces sleeker, smaller, and more comfortable, resulting in a more pleasant treatment.

Treatment time varies depending on the patient and the severity of the misalignment, but generally takes one to three years. Once treatment has been completed, a retainer will have to be worn in order to prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original positions.

Maintenance of braces

Braces require special maintenance to ensure that they are effective and that the teeth are kept healthy during treatment. Foods that aren’t braces-friendly, such as overly chewy or crunchy foods, will have to be avoided. Brushing and flossing will be even more important to ensure that no food gets stuck in the braces that could lead to damage or decay.

If you are interested in a straighter smile, visit us at ESP Dental to see if metal braces are the right treatment for you in Phoenix, AZ.