Traditional Braces – Dublin, CA

Straighten Your Smile with Traditional Style

Patient in Dublin smiling with metal braces

There’s a reason when most people hear the word “orthodontics” they picture metal brackets and colored rubber bands. Not only have traditional metal braces been around for over a century, but they are one of the most reliable methods for crafting a gorgeous, straight smile. At Waterford Dental Pediatric and Orthodontics, we continue this time-tested procedure and improve upon it with the latest dental technology. This provides a fantastic way to create a more uniform smile and offers a more comfortable and complete treatment than ever before.

Why Choose Waterford Dental Pediatric and Orthodontics For Traditional Braces?

  • All Treatments Are Handle By An Expert Orthodontist
  • State-Of-The-Art Facility With Modern Dental Technology
  • Dental Financing Available Through CareCredit

How Do Traditional Braces Work?

Example of Traditional braces at Waterford Dental Pediatric and Orthodontics

Traditional braces use metal brackets bonded to each individual tooth. A thin archwire is then threaded through them. With this wire in place, gentle pulling force is applied to each bracket. This wire is adjusted and tightened once every six to eight weeks, gradually moving each tooth into its desired position. This effectively straightens the whole dental arch in 12 to 72 months depending on the severity of the issues.

What Orthodontic Issues Can Braces Fix?

Patient in Dublin with traditional braces

Traditional braces can fix many orthodontic issues, but to see how they can help your child, they’ll need to visit us for a consultation. We will examine their teeth and gums, assess their current and future orthodontic problems, and work out a personalized treatment plan for them. In general, traditional braces can address:

Bite Misalignment

Patient in Dublin with bite issues

Untreated bite misalignment can lead to issues like TMJ dysfunction and teeth grinding. Braces shift teeth into more desired positions, helping your child's teeth fit together like a puzzle. This can effectively improve jaw function and alleviate the discomfort caused by overbites, underbites, and crossbites.

Crowded & Crooked Teeth

Patient in Dublin with crowded teeth

Teeth crowding occurs when teeth erupt faster than the jaw can support them. Crowded and crooked teeth pose risks of oral health problems by damaging tooth enamel and making them harder to clean. Traditional braces will gently pull the teeth into their own space within the jaw, creating a uniform alignment that’s nicer to look at and far less prone to plaque buildup.

Gapped Teeth

Patient in Dublin with a gap in their teeth

Tooth gaps can often be embarrassing for children, but they are also food traps that will hold on to bacterial plaque and food particles more easily. This could contribute to a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Braces close these gaps, guiding teeth closer together without crowding them.

Caring for Your Braces

Patient in Dublin brushing their teeth with braces

If your child wants to keep their smile fresh and looking great throughout their treatment, they just have to take care of them! Here are some tips for good oral hygiene with traditional braces:

  • Use interdental brushes and floss threaders to clean away plaque and bacteria between brackets and wires.
  • Avoid sticky, hard, and sugary food and drinks that might compromise your braces components.
  • Break bad habits like chewing on pens, pencils, and ice cubes.
  • Visit the dentist’s office once every six months for cleaning and checkups.