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Traditional Braces - Dallas, TX

Giving Patients a Straighter, Healthier Smile

If you have a child or teenager who is in need of a straighter smile, they may or may not be excited about the idea of traditional braces in Dallas. However, we find that most of our younger patients get excited once they learn they can make their smile colorful during the treatment process. Yes, there is metal brackets and wires, but if they desire, they can opt for colorful rubber bands to liven up their new hardware. At Midtown Family Dentistry of Dallas, we’ve been delivering this method of orthodontic treatment for years, so if your child is in need of traditional braces in Dallas, TX, don’t hesitate to reach out to schedule a consultation.

A young girl wearing braces

How Do Traditional Braces Work?

A person with braces at the orthodontist

Traditional braces are one of the most effective methods for straightening teeth. They have been used for decades to give people of all ages more beautiful smiles. While advancements in orthodontics in Dallas have led to the creation of other teeth straightening solutions such as Invisalign or Clear Correct, traditional braces still hold up to their competition.

Consisting of three parts: brackets, wires, and elastic rubber bands, all three work together to shift teeth into the correct position and alignment. When your child arrives for their first appointment, your dentist in Dallas will use a special bonding agent to place each bracket onto the appropriate teeth. Next, they will thread a metal wire through each bracket, snapping it into place. This wire will serve as an important player in moving the teeth throughout treatment. If at any point while wearing braces the dentist believes it to be necessary that your child wear rubber bands, this is where they can get crazy with their appearance.

Your child can choose from a wide variety of colors to jazz up their smile, all while working toward straighter, healthier teeth. These will help to align their upper and lower jaw.

Who is a Good Candidate for Traditional Braces?

A young woman smiling with braces

To be honest, traditional braces are perfect for anyone of any age. As long as you have good oral health, you are a good candidate for traditional braces. It is best that if you need any pre-orthodontic dental work completed, such as gum disease therapy, fillings, or extractions, they are done prior to receiving your braces. If some teeth are affecting the potential success of orthodontic treatment, our dentists may suggest an extraction.

What Are the Benefits of Straighter Teeth?

A young woman smiling after braces treatment

A straighter smile has many benefits, including:

Traditional Braces FAQs

exam of a woman’s braces in Dallas

After reading the information above, you know a bit more about why traditional braces in Dallas could be the right choice for your smile. However, it’s completely normal to still have some things you are wondering about. At Midtown Family Dentistry of Dallas, we want you to be as informed as possible before you make the big decision to move forward with orthodontic treatment. That’s why we’ve decided to answer some frequently asked questions below. If you’d prefer to speak directly with a member of our team, be sure to give us a call!

Am I Too Old to Get Braces?

When you think of metal wires and brackets, you may associate them with childhood and adolescence. However, there’s no upper age limit for traditional braces in Dallas, meaning almost anyone can get them! Of course, since adult teeth are more firmly rooted into the jawbone, it may take longer to reposition them into proper alignment. Also, your oral health needs to be in good standing before you can begin orthodontic treatment. Depending on your situation, you may need to undergo preliminary procedures like fillings, root canal therapy, or gum disease therapy. It’s also worth noting some dental insurance plans may not cover braces for adults, so check with your provider before committing to anything.

Do Traditional Braces Hurt?

You may feel mild soreness in your teeth and gums for the first few days after getting your braces. The good news is it’s only temporary and should dissipate. You can manage your discomfort in the meantime by taking over-the-counter pain medication and eating softer foods. Throughout your treatment, you may experience some discomfort as your teeth are shifting into new positions. If needed, you can use orthodontic wax to protect your soft oral tissues and avoid irritation.

Can I Chew Gum with Traditional Braces?

Chewing gum is strongly discouraged because it can easily get stuck in your braces, causing your wires to bend or making your teeth shift in unexpected directions. However, some studies show that chewing gum can actually relieve pain from orthodontic treatment and reduce gum inflammation. It’s also been proven to lower the risk of decay if chewed for 20 minutes after eating a meal or snack. But ultimately, these so-called benefits are usually not worth the risk of harming your braces and jeopardizing your treatment time.

What Can You Not Eat with Traditional Braces?

It’s strongly recommended that you stick to a soft-food diet for the first few days after getting braces in Dallas. You’ll need to be mindful of your diet as your teeth are adjusting to metal wires and brackets. Also, certain foods can damage your wires, brackets, or rubber bands.

Here are a few food items you should avoid:

  • Popcorn
  • Sticky, chewy, or hard candy
  • Nuts
  • Chips
  • Corn on the cob
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