Yousefian Orthodontics for Children, Teens and Adults
Joseph Yousefian, D.M.D., M.S.
Orthodontist located in Bellevue, WA
Braces can be a great solution for correcting jaw problems, crooked or crowded teeth, or a misaligned bite. They can also alleviate difficulties related to eating or speaking. Made with metal brackets and wire bands, traditional braces apply consistent pressure over time to straighten your teeth and give you that beautiful result you desire. Joseph Z. Yousefian, DMD, MS, PS, and the team at Yousefian Orthodontics for Children, Teens, and Adults in Bellevue, Washington, offer their expertise to customize a plan that fits your lifestyle. Call for a consultation or book online today.
Traditional Braces Q & A
What are traditional braces?
While there are now many options available for straightening teeth, traditional braces are still the most commonly used.
Traditional braces use small metal brackets bonded to your teeth and connect with wire. The brackets need to be tightened regularly throughout your treatment until you’ve achieved the desired results.
Depending on your needs and your suggested treatment plan, you’ll likely wear your braces from one to three years.
How do traditional braces work?
When you choose traditional braces, your orthodontist attaches small stainless steel brackets to the front of each of your teeth. Each square bracket has a hook or wing that is used to connect the wires that will slowly move your teeth. Other components for traditional braces include:
- Orthodontic bands that provide an anchor for the brackets
- Spacers placed between teeth to make room for orthodontic bands
- Archwires that attach to brackets and direct the movement of teeth
- Small rubber rings (ties) that fasten the arch wires to the brackets
- A buccal tube that holds the end of the archwire in place
- Tiny elastic bands called ligatures that hold the arch wires to the brackets
- Springs placed on the archwires to regulate space between teeth
- Elastic bands to apply pressure and achieve a perfect fit for individual teeth
- Facebow headgear used in the upper back molars to correct bite issues
- Bands on the upper teeth to hold the headgear in place, if headgear is needed
There are additional teeth-straightening alternatives such as the transparent, almost invisible system of Invisalign. Your orthodontist will discuss the different options available and help you determine the best choice for your lifestyle.
How do I care for traditional braces?
Traditional braces are bonded to your teeth with brackets and wires and can be damaged if not well cared for. Damage to your braces can cause the total treatment time to extend past your suggested schedule. To properly care for your braces:
- Avoid sugary foods, which cause plaque to build up around the brackets
- Don’t eat crunchy foods or hard candy
- Avoid chewing gum or eating sticky foods
- Wear mouth guards if you participate in sports
- Don’t chew on things like pencils, pens or ice
- Brush and floss at least twice a day
- Consider using a toothbrush with a waterjet to clean hard to reach places
Depending on your needs and lifestyle, traditional braces may be the perfect choice for you. Dr. Yousefian and his team at Yousefian Orthodontics for Children, Teens, and Adults are anxious to help you find the best teeth-straightening plan for you. Call the office to schedule a consultation or book online today.