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Traditional Braces – Bedford, TX

The Tried-and-True Way to Straighten Teeth

If you have misaligned teeth, you may be at risk of a number of oral health problems. You may also feel some embarrassment due to the way your teeth look. The team at Omega Dental of Bedford is ready to help with our orthodontic treatment options. Most people with bite problems and other orthodontic issues are candidates for traditional braces, which are a tried-and-true way to straighten teeth. Continue reading to learn more about this service, and give us a call when you are ready to book your consultation.

Why Choose Omega Dental of Bedford for Traditional Braces?

  • Caring & Highly Skilled Dental Team
  • Convenient Appointment Times
  • Predictable Treatment Results

How Do Traditional Braces Work?

Woman with braces in dental treatment chair

Traditional braces use a system of brackets and wires to apply gentle, sustained pressure to the teeth. As the braces are periodically adjusted (every 6 – 8 weeks), the teeth and bite gradually move into proper alignment. Depending on the details of your situation, you may need to wear braces for 12 – 36 months to achieve optimum results. You may also need some accessories to help them do their job properly.

What Orthodontic Issues Can Braces Fix?

Illustration of braces on misaligned teeth

Braces are capable of correcting most orthodontic issues, from the mild to the severe. During your consultation, we will let you know for sure whether braces are a suitable option for your unique situation. In the meantime, here is an overview of a few common problems that braces are often used to address:

Bite Misalignment

Illustration of overbite against dark background

Overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite are all forms of malocclusion. Such bite problems can interfere with your oral health and adversely affect your appearance. Braces, usually with the help of accessories like small rubber bands and other devices, can correct most cases of malocclusion. The goal is to allow your upper and lower jaws to work harmoniously together.

Crowded & Crooked Teeth

Illustration of crowded, overlapping teeth

Crowded, crooked teeth not only look unpleasant, but they can also trap food debris between them, putting you at an increased risk of gum disease and cavities. Your teeth may also hit one another at odd angles and be susceptible to chips and breakage. Braces may be able to shift your teeth so each one has the space it needs to function optimally.

Gapped Teeth

Woman’s smile with a gap between the front teeth

A gap between your teeth may make you feel self-conscious about your appearance, and it can leave your gums vulnerable to harm. Braces are often able to move a patient’s teeth closer together, resulting in a more confident and healthier smile.

Caring for Your Braces

Woman with braces flossing her teeth

Here are some tips to help you take good care of your braces:

  • Be sure to brush and floss regularly. A floss threader or other special tools can help you to navigate around your brackets and wires.
  • Bring an oral hygiene kit with you when you are away from home so you can maintain a clean mouth.
  • Avoid foods that might damage your braces, such as extremely hard or sticky items.
  • Do not miss any scheduled orthodontic checkups. You should also continue to attend regular cleanings and exams.
  • Wear an orthodontic mouthguard if you play sports.

Traditional Braces FAQs

Woman smiling with braces

Am I Too Old to Get Braces?

Traditional are more often associated with childhood and adolescence, but there is no upper age limit for braces! As an adult, your teeth are more firmly embedded into your jaw than they were when you were a child, so it may take more time to reposition them. In order to get braces, your age isn’t an important factor, but you must have healthy teeth and a strong jawbone. If you currently have any oral health issues, like cavities or gum disease, they will need to be addressed ahead of time.

What Happens After You Get Your Braces Off?

After you complete your orthodontic treatment, your teeth will naturally want to shift back to their original positions – especially in the first few months after your braces are removed. To keep this from occurring, you must wear a retainer. The amount of time that retainers need to be worn varies, but eventually, you will be able to wear it less and less as time goes on. You may start out wearing it 24/7 and eventually only need to wear it at night.

Why Do My Teeth Feel Loose with Braces?

It’s understandable to be worried about your teeth feeling slightly loose when you have braces, but don’t fret! This is actually normal. It’s a sign that your treatment is working. To align your teeth, your dentist targets specific teeth along your arch to apply force with your brackets and wires. This process will slightly loosen the ligaments that hold your teeth in place, therefore allowing the braces to adjust your teeth’s positions. This strange sensation will subside after you have your braces taken off. As soon as your jawbone has gotten used to the new position of your teeth, it reabsorbs and solidifies them in place, so the feeling will fade.

Can Traditional Braces Fix TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) can cause some serious discomfort. Sometimes, this condition is caused by your upper and lower jaws not being properly aligned. It could also be the result of crooked or crowded teeth that are unevenly distributing the biting force, exerting more pressure on one side of the jaw than the other. If any of these cases are causing or aggravating your TMJ, traditional braces may improve your TMD symptoms.