Why Braces Are Great For Your Teeth
Wearing braces has become so common it might even be considered a rite of passage in many families.
Your smile is important, and not just for looks. Our smile expert, Dr. Ron Hubbard, wants to help you have the straightest and healthiest teeth that you can have — and yes, those things are related.
Hubbard & Leath Dental provides a variety of treatment options, but today we want to discuss the benefits of traditional metal braces. These have become the standard for this kind of treatment for a simple reason: Braces work.
If you want straighter teeth and you live in Troy, Auburn Hills, or anywhere else near our dentist office in Rochester Hills, then you should come see us when you are ready to straighten your teeth.
Why Are Braces So Common?
People have been trying to straighten their teeth for thousands of years. Sometimes this was done by pushing on teeth with their fingers, and sometimes this was done with various devices that could be worn in the mouth.
What we might consider braces have been used for hundreds of years, although the term “braces” was first used in the 1900s.
Those early braces were similar to the ones we still use today, although the technology used in modern braces has advanced considerably in the past 100 years.
Braces are still used because they are so effective on practically every tooth alignment problem you might have.
Crooked teeth can be made straighter. Gaps between teeth can be closed. Crowded teeth can be spaced more evenly. Even bite problems — crossbites, overbites, and underbites — can be fixed with braces.
Today, adhesives hold your brackets more securely in place, and the materials used in braces are more effective than they’ve ever been.
How Do Braces Work?
If you have a tooth alignment issue, you have a wide range of options, although metal braces are the only option that will correct almost any problem.
When your braces are put on, the dentist will prepare your teeth before applying the cement for your brackets. When the brackets are placed, a light may be used to set the cement in place.
After all, your brackets are secure, the dentist will run the arch wire through your brackets.
Braces work by putting pressure on your teeth to guide them in the direction they need to go to become straight. Many braces also used ligatures (small rubber bands) to assist in this effort.
You will need to return to the dentist from time to time so he or she can track your progress and make adjustments. This is what keeps your teeth moving in the right direction.
What Should You Expect When Wearing Braces?
You will need to get used to wearing them. It may feel strange having brackets on your teeth for the first few days, but it won’t take too long until it seems normal.
You will need to pay particular attention to your oral hygiene. Brushing and cleaning between your teeth, gums, and braces will be important. You don’t want food getting stuck.
You will need to avoid eating certain foods. Nuts, chips, and chewy snacks like gummy bears are just a few examples. Your dentist will explain what is OK to eat and what you should avoid.
Most people wear braces for about two years, more or less, depending on the severity of their alignment issues.
Why You Should Get Your Braces At Hubbard & Leath
In the introduction of this post, we referred to Dr. Hubbard as our smile expert.
When he graduated from the University of Detroit School of Dentistry, Dr. Hubbard received the Pierre Fauchard Academy Award for excellence in clinical dentistry. (Pierre Fauchard is considered the father of modern dentistry.)
After dental school, Dr. Hubbard continued his studies at the Rosenthal Institute for Cosmetic Dentistry at New York University Dental School. He attained master status while receiving training in aesthetics. He also studied with leaders in this field of dentistry.
This means Dr. Hubbard knows what a beautiful smile should look like, and he has the training and experience to make it happen.
He also has been recognized by his fellow dentists as a top dentist in 2014 and 2015 by Styleline Magazine.
Care You Can Trust
When it’s time to get your braces, you should go to a dentist office where the staff cares about you and has the skill to provide the service that you need. At Hubbard & Leath, you can get both of those things.