Are Braces Purely Cosmetic?
It’s easy to think that the only reason to get braces is that you don’t like your smile. Maybe you have crooked or crowded teeth or an overbite, and you’d like to fix those issues. Orthodontic treatment can correct those problems, leaving you with a lovely smile. However, that’s just the icing on the cake.
The main reason your Carson orthodontist recommends getting braces is that they correct bite misalignments. Eventually, a misaligned bite will wreak havoc on your oral health and lead to cracked and broken teeth that require extensive, expensive dental treatments. A misaligned bite can also result in TMJ disorder, which causes chronic pain and migraines.
How Do Metal Braces in Carson Work?
Braces include three components: Metal brackets, a metal archwire, and rubber bands. The brackets are cemented onto the outer surface of the teeth. The archwire fits into grooves in the brackets, and the bands secure the wire.
Over time, the archwire gently guides the teeth into their proper position. Every few weeks, you’ll visit your Carson orthodontist for an adjustment. It takes around 18-24 months (on average) to complete orthodontic treatment.