Perfecting Your Smile
Metal braces have long been an effective way to straighten your smile. And thanks to a number of technological breakthroughs, today’s braces are more streamlined and less noticeable than ever before.
Here at the Centre for Invisible Orthodontics in Miami, we’re the leading Invisalign® provider in Dade County. But we’re also happy to furnish you with modern and efficient metal braces when it best suits your needs.
What Are Traditional Braces?
Traditional braces are individual brackets that are attached to the frontal surfaces of your teeth. The braces are held together using an archwire that stretches across the teeth. Rubber bands called elastics are commonly used to add additional support that helps adjust the position of your bite and jaw.
Once a month, your orthodontist will tighten the archwire across the brackets, gradually moving your teeth to the correct alignment.
Individual treatment times with traditional braces can last anywhere from a few months to a few years. This will depend largely on the complexity of a particular case.
Why Choose Orthodontics?
Whether you choose metal braces or Invisalign®, Dr. Grussmark will design a course of treatment to give you a beautiful smile. This will dramatically enhance your self-esteem and you’ll never have to feel insecure about flashing your smile again.
In addition to making you feel reluctant to smile, misaligned teeth can also damage your health, increasing your chances of suffering from pain, cavities, gingivitis, excessive tooth wear, and difficulty chewing. Braces eliminate these concerns.
Beware of DIY Orthodontics
While the internet has become an invaluable resource for research and discovery, it has also led to a DIY (“Do-it-yourself”) revolution. Unfortunately, DIY enthusiasts have now taken it upon themselves to attempt do-it-yourself health treatments. This can have disastrous consequences, especially with orthodontic care which requires advanced knowledge and extreme precision.
Some individuals have even wrapped small rubber bands around their misaligned teeth in an attempt to force them into proper alignment without the help of metallic implements. This is very unsafe, as it can lead to even greater misalignment, extreme pain, or even the loss of teeth.
What’s the best age to begin orthodontic treatment?
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation no later than age seven. This is earlier than most parents would expect, but getting your child the right orthodontic care at an early age can prevent them from developing serious issues down the line.
Don’t despair if you haven’t sought orthodontic care in the past. There’s no reason why you can’t begin orthodontic treatment as an adult.
What if one of my brackets or wires breaks?
Give us a call right away if a bracket slips off your tooth or a wire becomes loose. We’ll schedule an emergency appointment so we can reattach the loose implement, allowing you to return to your busy schedule as soon as possible.
Can I play sports with braces on?
This is a very popular question, especially among our teenage patients. We understand that sports are important and that they provide a number of positive benefits to our patients. However, it’s also important that you don’t damage your orthodontic treatment.
Fortunately, Dr. Grussmark offers custom mouthguards for athletes to protect your braces and your smile. This is particularly important for patients who are involved in high-intensity sports like football, lacrosse, skateboarding, and basketball.
Which foods do I need to avoid with braces?
In general, it’s best to stay away from foods that are crunchy, sticky, or difficult to chew. Some examples include
- chewy or sticky candy
- steak or beef jerky
- corn on the cob.
How do I keep my braces clean?
In addition to avoiding certain foods, you can keep your braces clean by brushing and flossing gently around them every night. It’s also crucial to visit Dr. Grussmark for regular checkups so he can spot any potential issues with your braces.
Visit the Centre for Invisible Orthodontics
Still have questions about traditional braces? Call today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Grussmark. He’ll listen to your concerns and help you find the treatment that’s right for you.