Braces are a classic orthodontic treatment for improving your smile’s alignment. If you want to straighten your teeth and improve your bite, schedule a consultation for braces with Curtis Contro, DDS, MS, at Contro Orthodontics in Cupertino, California. You can book your visit by calling the office or using the convenient online scheduling tool.
Braces are a fixed oral appliance that straightens your teeth and improves the alignment of your bite. They’re made up of brackets, bands, and an archwire.
The brackets are semi-permanently bonded to your teeth and hold your archwire in place with the help of the bands. The archwire exerts a constant pressure on your teeth that gently pushes them closer to their target position.
Over time, your teeth move in the direction of the force of the archwire, and arrive at their target alignment, giving you a beautiful and healthy new smile.
In recent years, there have been significant improvements in braces technology. Today’s braces are more comfortable, convenient, and effective than ever.
Braces can correct alignment issues with your teeth, like:
They can also correct issues with your bite, or malocclusions, like:
Generally speaking, braces can straighten your smile to make it healthier and more beautiful.
Improperly aligned teeth and bites are more than just cosmetic concerns. A crooked smile can actually negatively affect your overall oral health, as well.
Misaligned teeth are more difficult to keep clean, which makes them more susceptible to developing tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
An improperly aligned bite, on the other hand, can create painful jaw conditions and can contribute to excessive wear and tear on your teeth.
When you straighten your smile with braces, you make your teeth easier to clean and you properly redistribute the force in your bite, giving you a smile that’s not only more beautiful, but healthier, too.
There are a few different types of braces available today, including:
Traditional braces are made of stainless steel and are excellent at aligning your smile. You can even personalize the colors of your rubber bands if you want to have fun with the look of your traditional metal braces.
Clear braces use brackets that are made from ceramic, which blends in with the color of your tooth enamel, giving you less visible braces. Clear braces are great for patients who want to minimize the appearance of their orthodontic treatment.
Self-ligating braces use brackets that hold your archwire in place without the need for elastic or rubber bands. This allows for greater freedom of tooth movement, which can make them more comfortable than traditional braces.
When you come in for braces, Dr. Contro conducts an exam of your mouth then documents your smile with a set of photographs, panoramic and cephalometric X-rays, and a three-dimensional computer scan with the iTero Element® scanner.
He then fits you with your braces, and you visit the office every 6-8 weeks for a checkup and to have your archwire tightened.
Treatment time varies depending on the condition of your alignment, but it takes most patients about 24 months to align their smiles with braces.