Braces have been used for decades to straighten the smiles of people of all ages. Braces use wires that are connected to brackets with bands to apply pressure to teeth to correct a wide range of misalignments and malocclusions. If your teeth are not straight or you have a problem with your bite, our San Fernando Valley braces expert may recommend braces. Braces are one of the most reliable ways to correct minor and more complex bite abnormalities.
If our expert in braces in San Fernando Valley determines that you are a candidate for braces, you will start with a comprehensive exam. During this appointment, we will take a series of dental X-rays and impressions. We will determine the best way to proceed with treatment and develop a treatment plan for you. The brackets will be applied using a powerful dental cement, and the archwire is attached to each bracket using an elastic.
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The wires will be periodically adjusted to maintain the proper amount of pressure on teeth and move them into the proper positions. During your treatment, you will visit our San Fernando Valley braces expert about every four to six weeks based on your treatment plan. We will monitor your progress, adjust or replace your wire, and replace your elastic bands. We will check that your teeth and gums look healthy, too.
You may need to change your diet while you wear your braces. The wires are quite strong, but they can be damaged by certain foods, including popcorn, nuts, caramels, and other hard or sticky foods. Brush carefully after meals to remove any debris from your teeth and brackets, and floss between each set of teeth above and below the wires. You will need to schedule professional cleanings periodically to remove any plaque buildup. Our expert in braces in San Fernando Valley may make other treatment recommendations specific to your situation.
Call our offices today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with one of our dentists.