Braces are one of the most popular, successful orthodontic treatments available today. These fixtures aren’t just a way for patients to achieve their best smiles — they also help promote long-term dental health.
Redmond Orthodontics is committed to bringing high-quality, comprehensive orthodontic care to patients of all ages in the Redmond area of Washington. If you’d like more information about our practice or are interested in taking the first step towards your new smile, contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!
Why Choose Braces?
While many people see braces as a cosmetic treatment used to correct teeth that are crowded or crooked, these orthodontic appliances do a great deal to protect a patient’s future orthodontic health. Even if a person appears to have perfectly straight teeth, their upper and lower jaws may not align properly.
Abnormal bites can cause future oral health issues, including:
- Tooth loss
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
- Impaired speech or chewing
With braces, patients can correct their abnormal bites before they begin to cause serious orthodontic problems. Because irregularities in bite become noticeable between the ages of six and twelve, many patients receive treatment early in life. However, patients can receive orthodontic care at any age.
How Do they Work?
Braces are comprised of four basic parts: archwires, brackets, bonding material, and ligatures. Brackets are fixed to each tooth with bonding material. An arch wire is threaded through these brackets; this archwire is fixed to the brackets using ligatures, or small, elastic bands.
The archwire puts pressure on the brackets, gently guiding the teeth into a proper, aligned position over time. Sometimes springs, rubber bands, or other orthodontic appliances may also be used to guide the teeth more forcefully in a specific direction.
What Types of Braces do we Offer?
At Redmond Orthodontics, we offer our patients access to both metal and clear braces.
Metal braces are comprised of a stainless steel bracket, archwire, and ligature. These ligatures are often multicolored, and can be customized as the patient desires.
While clear braces have the same overall structure as their metal counterparts, the brackets used are typically made of either clear ceramic or porcelain. These appliances are an excellent option for patients who are older or looking for a more discreet way to correct their smiles.
Do you think you or someone you love could benefit from braces? Contact Redmond Orthodontics today to schedule a consultation appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!