Everything You Need to Know About Braces
Everyone loves a smiling face. But those of us born without naturally straight teeth might not be confident flashing them for all to see. Dr. Eunice Lee of Hampden Dentistry & Orthodontics is here to help patients who need braces in Hampden, CO. Call the office today at (303) 930-8888 to make an appointment!
How Do Braces Work?
Braces work by applying pressure to teeth and their roots to gradually push them into the correct position. As the tooth moves, the bone and gum that secure it adapt to its new position. Although braces have changed over the years, the same principle has been used for generations to help people achieve the smiles they desire while improving their general oral health.
Why Do We Need Braces?
Braces can be used to fix the following cosmetic problems:
- Crooked teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Teeth with gaps
- Problems with bites
However, when teeth don’t meet the way they should (a condition known as malocclusion), even if the teeth appear straight, they can cause more than appearance issues. Misaligned teeth may lead to the following health problems:
- Jaw pain
- Damage to tooth enamel
- Chewing pain
- Speech distortion
- Gum disease
- Loss of teeth
What Are the Different Types of Braces?
Hampden Dentistry & Orthodontics offers patients a choice between traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and Invisalign. The differences are as follows:
- Metal braces have become much less intrusive over the years. They are fixed to the tooth’s enamel as wires and rubber bands gradually shift the teeth into the desired position.
- Clear or ceramic braces work like metal braces but can be created to blend with the color of your teeth, making them less visible and therefore popular.
- Invisalign is the choice for people who want an even more discrete treatment. They can also be completely removed for special occasions and are an excellent choice for those with minor problems, such as small gaps. Invisalign treatments get quicker results than traditional braces and require fewer office visits.
Am I Too Old for Braces?
More and more adults are turning to braces to realign teeth that were straightened as a child, or just to improve the way they look and achieve optimum oral health.
What Happens During the First Visit with Dr. Lee?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Lee will examine your mouth, take images to assess your bite, and decide on a course of treatment if necessary. Everyone’s mouth is different and Dr. Lee can advise you on the right braces for your particular case, taking into consideration your budget and the speed you want results. After that, regular visits will be scheduled to adjust or change your braces and monitor your progress.
Dr. Eunice Lee at Hampden Dentistry & Orthodontics is one of the top orthodontists in Colorado state and she is dedicated to creating beautiful smiles in Hampden. Call the office today at (303) 930-8888 or contact us to make an appointment and transform your smile! (¡Se habla español!)
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