Posted on November 8, 2023 | First Time
It’s no surprise that braces can be a scary concept for anybody with crooked teeth. Will they hurt? Will they make it difficult to eat? Will they look silly? For as long as they’ve been around, there have been questions about braces.
Luckily, the answers now are easier than they used to be. They are designed to reduce pain as much as possible, there are ways/foods to eat that make it easy to get all necessary nutrients, and beyond that, everybody’s getting them! Millions of children and teens have had or will have braces in their lifetime, so might as well get them over with.
Braces aren’t so scary when you can explain what they’re made of; there are three main parts—the brackets, the archwires, and the elastics. Each one serves its own role to help shift your teeth:
Once the braces are in place, the orthodontist will adjust the archwire to pressure the patient’s teeth. They will use elastic bands of different sizes and strengths to retrain the jaw and create space for teeth to move. Sounds painful doesn’t it? Believe it or not, the process is actually quite gentle because it relies on force over time. Plus, there are some extra features to help lighten the load.
The best part about braces is the smile they create. The second best part about braces is the ability to change their color. Here at Blossom, your child can choose from a variety of rubber bands to style their appliances how they want. Some patients choose their favorite color, others can’t decide and pick two, either way we support it. However, we are pretty partial to maize and blue (go UofM!).
We understand that the promise of colored rubber bands might not be enough to convince your child that braces are beneficial—that’s where we come in. The level of care we provide at Blossom is one of a kind. Our orthodontic experts create personalized care plans that directly handle the needs of an individual. Plus, your kids will see the same staff they’ve been seeing for years for cleanings and dental treatment!
We strive to deliver remarkable results for anybody that walks through our door looking for treatment. Whether you have a stubborn child who’s never had any alignment work done before, or you yourself have recently discovered your teeth may be misaligned, we are happy to create a plan that matches the necessary comfort level while progressing towards the goal of a straight smile.
Yes! You read that last sentence correctly; we also provide orthodontic treatment for adults. It doesn’t matter why you need treatment now. Maybe you didn’t have the resources when you were younger, maybe you already had braces, but didn’t wear your retainer (we won’t be mad), or maybe you just didn’t need them until now. Regardless of your motives, adult orthodontic treatment can solve a variety of issues:
New technologies like clear aligners have also made it easier to receive the care you need without drastically changing your appearance.
Knowledge dispels fear.
It might be tough to send this article to your 7-year-old, but hopefully some of this information helped to paint the picture of how braces work. Orthodontic braces are often an essential step on the road to proper teeth alignment; helping your child understand what goes on behind the scenes can make them more confident throughout the process.
Blossom Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics offers expert guidance and tailored care to all our patients, because we share the same goal: to find the smile that makes you smile… (and hopefully do it before picture day).
Note: The content provided is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please consult with one of our qualified orthodontic professionals for individualized orthodontic recommendations.
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