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Traditional Braces


Misaligned teeth can have a significant impact on your life. Not only do they affect your smile, but crooked teeth can also impact your oral health, your overall health, and your quality of life. You may even be faced with issues such as temporomandibular joint disorder, neck pain, and back pain. At New Heights Dental & Braces, we can correct the alignment of your teeth, and jaws, with traditional braces.

Traditional Braces for Realigning Teeth


For decades, braces have been used to realign crooked teeth. They can also be used to realign the jaw as well. Braces are still a very popular, highly effective treatment today. This treatment consists of three basic components.
•  Metal brackets. At your first appointment, a bracket is affixed to the front surface of each tooth with special dental cement.
•  Metal bands. Metal bands are placed over the very back teeth. These bands anchor the wires into place.
•  Metal wires. The metal wires are anchored to the bands at the back of the mouth. The wires then span across the entire arch of teeth and are attached to each bracket using an elastic O-ring called a ligature. The wires are responsible for the movement of your teeth.

In addition to these components, some patients need additional help to realign their teeth and jaws. Treatment with braces may also include the use of rubber bands, springs or power chains.

How Braces Work


The wires, also called arch wires, are responsible for the realignment and stabilization of your teeth. The wires work by putting pressure on your teeth, which then put pressure on your periodontal ligaments. This pressure forces the ligaments to widen, loosening your teeth in the process. With your teeth loose, the wires are then able to guide your teeth to where they need to be. Once your teeth have reached the proper alignment, your braces then help to hold them in place while your ligaments and bone begin to heal. It typically takes about three months for new tissues to begin to grow and about a year for your teeth to stabilize in their new positions.

Who Is a Candidate for Traditional Braces?


Traditional braces are most commonly seen in young adolescents between the ages of 11 and 13. At this age, the jaw is still growing and developing, which helps to make moving the teeth much easier. Treatment generally begins after the last of the adult teeth come in. While younger teens are more likely to undergo treatment with traditional braces, older teens and adults can also receive treatment. Many older patients tend to get braces because they were unable to afford treatment when they were younger, or they previously had orthodontic treatment, and their teeth have shifted out of alignment again.

What Benefits Do Braces Offer?


Traditional braces offer several benefits, including:
•  Improving the quality of your smile. This also aids in boosting your confidence.
•  Improving your oral health. With your teeth straight, they are much easier to keep clean. This reduces your risk for cavities and gum disease. Straightening your teeth also removes additional stress from certain teeth, reducing the risk of damage.
•  Straighter teeth improve your ability to thoroughly chew your food, which can help to improve your overall nutrition.
•  Alleviating issues like bruxism and temporomandibular joint disorder.
•  Protecting the integrity and health of your jawbone.

If crooked teeth are impacting your life, traditional braces can help. Call New Heights Dental & Braces (210) 625-4599 to schedule your appointment today.
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New Heights Dental & Braces

7700 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209

Convenient parking is available directly in front of our office.

T: (210) 625-4599
F: (210) 828-3205

We look forward to seeing you smile!
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