Braces can be applied to teeth for a number of reasons
- Poorly aligned jaw
- Bad bite (malocclusion)
- Crooked, crowded, or missing teeth
Once braces are in place, they should improve an individual bite, chew and speak. Braces not only make cosmetic improvements, but they also properly align teeth and jaws to alleviate physical health problems.
Traditional braces and ClearCorrect (clear tray braces) are options are for people 10 and older. Children between the ages of 7 and 14 are the best candidates for braces because their facial structures are still developing.
ClearCorrect is a clear braces option that can be completed by Dr. Derksen. ClearCorrect uses clear trays and is an option for those who have less complicated corrections to be made and do not want the obvious traditional braces. Dr. Derksen will evaluate to determine if you are a candidate for clear braces.
Traditional braces: installing braces is a common procedure and involves the use of brackets and wire, though Dr. Derksen will refer patients to a trusted orthodontist for this type of treatment. There are old-fashioned metal strips and wire, plastic brackets that are cemented to the teeth or brackets that attach to the back teeth. A mold of the patient’s teeth and x-rays will be made prior to the installation of the braces.
Braces are typically worn for about 2 years depending on the individual. After the braces, retainers must be worn to maintain correction. There is mild discomfort when wearing braces since there is required teeth and jaw movement. The patient should avoid sticky and hard food to reduce discomfort and protect the brackets and wires, and continue to floss and brush especially around the brackets. There are special brushes and floss made for people with braces to make brushing easier.