Straight smiles have been in demand as a popular feature for a long time. In fact, there have been mummified remains in Egypt found with catgut wrapped around teeth to close gaps. In addition, other information was found that wealthy ancient Romans used gold wires wrapped around individual teeth to close gaps. However, it was not until the late 1700s that dental researchers began to take a closer look at braces. Even then, it still took until the early 1900s to develop braces that would be more accessible to everyday people. Today, braces have come a long way to provide an effective, healthy way to straighten teeth. Our Northridge braces expert can help you decide if braces are right for you.
More than four million people choose orthodontic treatment every year in the United States alone, and that includes teens, as well as adults. Our expert in braces in Northridge believes it is never too late for a healthy smile. At your appointment, we will check the health of your teeth and gums to ensure they are free of dental disease. We may also take dental X-rays or impressions to better identify oral structures and to determine the extent of the orthodontic problem. After the candidacy process is verified, we will then explain your treatment options.
Braces can be appropriate for nearly any orthodontic issue ranging from mild alignment or spacing problems, to severe malocclusions. If our Northridge braces expert determines that braces are right for you, then you will begin by having the brackets attached to your teeth, where wires will then be attached to the brackets. The wires apply pressure to the teeth to move them within the jawbone. Every time your braces are adjusted, your teeth will be moved just a little bit further.
Most patients are in active treatment for anywhere from 12 to 24 months. During this time, your teeth will move incrementally towards their final positions. Our expert in braces in Northridge will explain proper care during your active treatment, as your oral health should also remain intact. During your treatment, you may need to skip hard or sticky foods since they can damage the brackets and wires. You will also need to take extra care when brushing and flossing to remove all debris and plaque, as well as to reduce the risk of dental disease during treatment. Call us today to learn more about braces or to schedule your appointment with our Northridge dentist.