Orthodontic treatment is the straightening or moving of teeth to improve their alignment and appearance. At McManus Orthodontics, braces are our most common tool for orthodontic treatment because they are effective, affordable, and comfortable. Patients wear braces for an average of one to two years, though this timeframe can change depending on the severity of the problem.
Braces are made from wires, brackets, and bands bonded to the patient’s teeth with cement. These components work together to apply pressure to the teeth to move them into the proper position. The wires are tightened regularly throughout a patient’s treatment to ensure teeth are moving into proper alignment.
Types of Braces
Traditional braces, also known as metal braces, are one of the most common types of orthodontic treatment. They consist of several components that gradually move and align the teeth into their desired positions. Traditional braces are highly effective in treating dental issues, including crowded teeth, gaps, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. They offer precise control over tooth movement and can significantly improve dental alignment.
This consists of a series of clear aligners worn over the teeth like a mouthguard and gently shift the teeth into the desired positions over time. However, patients must change aligners every few weeks to gradually shift the teeth into their correct positions.
The Benefits of Braces
Correcting Dental Misalignment
Braces are highly effective in correcting several types of dental misalignment, including crooked teeth, overcrowding, gaps, and irregular bite patterns. By applying gentle and controlled pressure on the teeth, braces gradually shift them into proper alignment, improving the smile's aesthetics and functionality.
Enhanced Oral Health
Overlapping or crowded teeth can create tight spaces that are difficult to clean, leading to an increased risk of plaque buildup, cavities, and gum disease. By aligning the teeth, braces make it easier to brush and floss effectively, promoting better oral health.
Improved Bite Alignment
Malocclusion, or an improper bite, can cause various issues such as difficulty chewing, speech problems, and excessive wear on certain teeth. Braces can correct bite abnormalities, such as overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites, improving the overall functionality of the jaws and facilitating proper chewing and speaking.
Straighter teeth can significantly enhance the appearance of one’s smile. Get in touch with Orthodontics Rock Island, IL at McManus Orthodontics at 4507 24th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201, or call (309) 558-0075 to determine if braces are the appropriate treatment for your specific dental condition.