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Traditional Braces – Murphy, TX

Reliable & Effective Treatment for a Straighter Smile

Nowadays, there are plenty of orthodontic treatments available to help you fix uneven teeth. Even so, most orthodontists agree that the most reliable and effective treatment for a straighter smile is traditional braces! At Murphy Dental Home, we can use this tried-and-true solution to help patients of nearly any age overcome a wide variety of alignment issues. Read on to learn more about traditional braces in Murphy and give us a call today to schedule your appointment!

Why Choose Murphy Dental Home For Traditional Braces?

How Do Traditional Braces Work?

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Traditional braces use a reliable and straightforward approach to correct misaligned teeth and bites. Small metal brackets are adhered to the fronts of the teeth using a biocompatible bonding material. The brackets are all connected to a sturdy wire called the archwire, which creates enough tension to gradually shift the teeth into new positions. As the teeth adjust, an orthodontist tightens the wire to keep the process going until all the teeth are aligned as planned and the jaws line up correctly. While treatment timelines vary from patient to patient, we’ll be able to give you a personalized estimate of how long your treatment will take during your consultation.

What Orthodontic Issues Can Braces Fix?

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Traditional brace braces remain as one of the most popular orthodontic solutions because of their ability to correct all manner of minor to severe orthodontic issues, such as:

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Bite Misalignment

When the jaws don’t come together properly, issues like overbite, underbite, crossbite, and other bite problems often develop. Not only can this distract from your overall appearance, but it can make speaking, eating, and moving your jaw more complicated or uncomfortable in the future. Metal braces (oftentimes paired with elastics) can guide the jaws into alignment for a healthier bite.

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Crowded & Crooked Teeth

Teeth that are crooked, overlapping, uneven, or crowded trap plaque and bacteria, increasing your risk of oral health issues like cavities, gum disease, and oral infections. Dr. Gandhi can make a customized orthodontic treatment to realign your pearly whites into a beautiful smile.

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Gapped Teeth

Gaps between teeth are typically cute in children, but can feel awkward and embarrassing as an adult. Plus, they put your teeth at a higher risk of damage. Traditional braces can guide your teeth closer together to give you a uniform and even set of pearly whites.

Caring for Your Braces

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Caring for your oral health while wearing braces will take some time and practice, but after a little while it will begin to feel like second nature. We’ll go over the best ways to care for your braces when you come visit us, but a few of the most important tips to keep in mind include:

Traditional Braces FAQs

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Brackets and wires are a tried and proven method of correcting bite and alignment problems. While they are effective in treating the most complex issues, braces in Murphy are a big commitment. It's normal to have a few questions, but don't let that stand in your way of a straight smile. Here are the answers you need to ease any apprehensions.

Am I too old to get braces?

Whether you missed your chance for braces as a child, or your teeth have shifted a bit over the years, you are never too old to invest in a straight smile. Instead, your dental health and lifestyle will determine if braces are right for you. After ensuring your teeth and gums are healthy, your dentist will evaluate your alignment and bite to create a personalized treatment plan. There isn't any age limit for a straight, functional smile.

How long do traditional braces take?

There's not a one-size-fits-all treatment, and every mouth differs. There's no way to determine how long you will need to wear braces without first assessing your mouth. While the average duration is 18 to 24 months, various factors affect the length of your journey, including:

  • Complexity of Case: Major tooth movements require more time than when making minimal movements.
  • Age: It can take slightly longer for adults to reach their goals because their teeth are more firmly set in the jawbone.
  • Compliance: Following your treatment plan will prevent delays, like maintaining your adjustment appointments.

Your dentist will discuss how long you can expect your treatment to last during your consultation for braces.

Can I get braces on just my top teeth?

While it's entirely possible to fix one arch, it isn't recommended for most patients. Moving a single arch can affect your bite. If there isn't harmony between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed, it can make it difficult to bite and chew. The uneven distribution can cause enamel erosion and other dental issues. Not to mention, it isn't unusual to develop a disorder of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects your jaw to your skull on either side of your face. Besides facial pain, it can be difficult to perform normal jaw movements. Your jaw may even lock in an opened or closed position. Typically, single arch treatment is only recommended for patients needing minimal adjustments, like closing a gap between the front teeth.

What happens when braces come off?

Nothing is more exciting than the day your braces come off and you get to see your new beautiful smile. However, your orthodontic journey isn't over yet. It is time to preserve your investment with a retainer. It will prevent your teeth from moving back into their previous positions. Initially, you'll be instructed to wear it all the time. Don't worry, there are many discreet options available. Gradually, your dentist will decrease how long you need to wear it until it is only necessary at night.

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