Our orthodontists in Oak Lawn are able to correct a variety of problems with the alignment of teeth. Teenagers and young adults are the ideal candidates for conventional braces. Children might need to wait until some of their primary teeth fall out and make way for permanent teeth. Some of the most common issues that are resolved by orthodontic treatment include overbite, underbite, crossbite and crowding. Excessive spacing between consecutive teeth is another irregularity that could be corrected with classic braces. Even if there aren’t any crooked teeth involved, a misalignment of the dental arches requires some type of orthodontic interference.
Components of Braces
Made of durable metal, small brackets are perhaps the most prominent parts of traditional orthodontic braces. A special type of cement material is carefully applied over every tooth that’s supposed to be manipulated and moved. Once all of the brackets are in place, they are connected to each other by a thin arch wire that also has a metal composition. Additionally, a metallic tie secures the wire around the corners and edges of the brackets. All metal hardware that’s installed in the mouth has a rust-resistant design. Rubber usually makes up the elastic bands that connect upper and lower teeth. Various types of hooks, ligatures and coil springs might also have to be installed to facilitate the mechanics of orthodontic treatment.
Brackets are also available at our office in Oak Lawn in ceramic, which is an attractive material for patients who are very concerned about the cosmetic aspects of treatment. Ceramic can be manufactured in a finish that mimics the natural color of enamel. Generally speaking, moderate cases of malocclusion might be properly corrected with ceramic braces.
Routine Visits to the Orthodontist
Once braces are properly set up, a patient will need to return for regular follow-up appointments. During the visit, most of the hardware will be calibrated in order to induce the shifting of teeth and other attached anatomical structures, including the gum and jaw tissues.
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