Since the 18th century, orthodontics in the form of braces have been used to straighten crooked teeth and misaligned bites. Traditional braces that are used today combine brackets, wires and bands to adjust teeth into alignment over a treatment period of a year or longer. While there are other orthodontic options like clear aligners, traditional braces are still used frequently. If you or your child needs orthodontic treatment and you live near New Braunfels, TX, Sapphire Creek Dental offers braces to improve the health and appearance of your smile.
When teeth grow in crooked, overlapped or gapped, it can affect more than just the appearance of your smile. Crooked teeth are difficult to keep clean, creating many areas for plaque and tartar to accumulate. Crooked teeth can result in more frequent cavities and can put you at higher risk of gum disease. Bite misalignment can be painful, resulting in TMD or jaw disorders. Traditional braces correct misaligned teeth using brackets that are attached to the teeth, with wires to adjust the tension to shift your smile into alignment.
When Are Metal Braces Necessary?
Since the invention of clear aligners over two decades ago, many people have chosen to use aligners over braces. However, clear aligners are not the best option for all types of orthodontic issues. Mild to moderate crowding or crooked teeth can be corrected with clear aligners, but more significant alignment issues may require traditional braces. When there is an overbite, underbite, crossbite and other alignment problems, braces may be a better option to improve your oral health and smile.
If you are not sure if you need traditional braces or can use clear aligners, come see us at Sapphire Creek Dental. We have an office in New Braunfels, TX, and offer traditional metal braces as well as Invisalign and ClearCorrect. Contact us to schedule a consultation and exam with Dr. Archie Gomez, and learn more about our orthodontic options and which one is right for you.