Severe misalignment due to extreme crowding; large spaces; rotated teeth; or a jaw that sits too far back or forward can be treated with traditional braces. These metal or enamel-colored ceramic brackets are cemented to the fronts and sides of each tooth, and connected with flexible wire that is “strung through” the brackets and secured with either dental putty or a rubber band.
Traditional braces exert a steady force on the teeth, helping them move through the jawbone. Your dentist will adjust the braces every so often to keep this force in play.
Braces are often considered the gold standard of orthodontic treatment because of their exceptional ability to correct complex bite problems since they exert force on each individual tooth. For those who have overlapping, crowding or spaces larger than five millimeters, braces realign the teeth and shift the smile back into place.
Braces are the way to go when exact, comprehensive treatment is needed. They can correct minor spacing concerns as well as those that are more severe, like rotated or tipped teeth, as well as a protruding jaw or pushed-back lower arch.
Lingual braces, those that are adhered to the backs of your teeth instead of the front, are another option. Lingual braces are good for those who are sensitive to plastic or metal since the lips and cheeks don’t come into contact with the brackets. Just as effective and durable as traditional braces, lingual braces make use of metal brackets and wires and require fewer adjustments than regular braces. Because they sit on the inside part of the teeth, they can be harder to clean. Some patients report difficulty in speaking because of the tongue space being taken up by the brackets.