At Mega Dental, we provide braces, orthodontic appliances that correct misaligned teeth and jaws. They consist of brackets, wires, and bands that work together to move and align the teeth into their proper positions gradually.
Braces correct various malocclusions, including crooked teeth, gapped teeth, crowded teeth, open bite, overbite, and underbite. They can also be used to align your jaw correctly and improve the overall appearance of your smile.
Types of Braces
- Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of fixed orthodontic appliance and are very effective in the right candidate. They are composed of small brackets attached to each tooth with a wire gently guiding the teeth into place. The wires are adjusted periodically throughout the treatment period to promote ideal alignment. Rubber bands may sometimes be added to the metal braces to provide more flexibility.
- Ceramic Braces
Clear ceramic braces are also available if you are concerned about the appearance of your appliance. These are more discreet than traditional metal braces because they blend in with the color of your natural teeth. These braces are also stain-resistant and cannot be easily seen from a distance. These braces work as effectively as traditional stainless-steel braces but are made of clear materials for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment system that utilizes a series of clear plastic aligner trays to gradually move your teeth into proper alignment. This system offers some benefits over traditional braces. For example, these aligners can be removed for meals and oral hygiene routines. They are also easy to remove and clean in between uses.
The Procedure for Braces
After your consultation, our dentist will prepare your teeth for orthodontic treatment. Typically, this process involves removing plaque buildup and smoothing the surfaces of your teeth so the brackets and wires can be placed on your teeth without irritating them. Our dentist will also take impressions of your teeth so our orthodontist can design the brackets and wires for your braces.
Once your appliances are ready, you’ll return to our dentist’s office to be fitted for them. Once the braces are placed, our dentist will then schedule your next appointment to adjust your braces for the first time. During this next visit, our dentist will adjust the wire to change its shape as needed. This shape change will help move your teeth into the proper position over time.
If you’re concerned about discomfort during or after getting braces, talk to our dentist about how you can reduce it. Some common ways to reduce pain during your first adjustment include taking ibuprofen and a warm salt-water rinse afterward to reduce inflammation.
To care for braces, you must regularly practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing. For the best dental care, visit Mega Dental at 10510 FM 1464 Suite 100, Richmond, TX 77407, or call (832) 930-7723.