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Traditional Braces – Levittown, PA

The Tried-and-True Path to a Straighter Smile

Having overly crowded teeth or a severe bite misalignment can impact both your appearance as well as your oral health. It’s harder to thoroughly brush and floss crooked teeth because you can’t always reach all surfaces, meaning you’re more prone to develop tooth decay or gum disease. Plus, alignment issues can lead to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders that cause a sore, stiff, or locked jaw. Fortunately, Dr. Aieman Jazaierly can resolve these dilemmas with traditional braces. If you think your child might benefit from the tried-and-true path to a straighter smile, feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation or request additional information.

Why Choose Happy Teeth of Levittown for Traditional Braces?

  •       Flexible Financing Available
  •       Compassionate, Board-Certified Experts
  •       Advanced Technology to Enhance Patient Comfort

How Do Traditional Braces Work?

Illustration of braces bracket being bonded to teeth

We tend to think of our teeth as permanent fixtures that don’t move, but they’re attached to the jaw by ligaments that allow a certain capacity for movement. Traditional braces take advantage of this with metal brackets bonded to the front of each tooth. These are connected by wires to exert gentle, consistent pressure to shift teeth into their ideal positions. This usually takes 12 to 24 months to complete, though only your child’s orthodontist can let you know a realistic timeline based on their unique circumstances.

What Orthodontic Issues Can Braces Fix?

Dentist holding model teeth with traditional braces

Although more recent advancements in dental technology and materials have led to alternatives to metal braces, they remain in demand because they can handle problems that other options can’t. They’re safe for patients of all ages and are an incredibly versatile solution that can address:

Bite Misalignment

Dentist holding model teeth with traditional braces

If your child’s teeth don’t meet where they should when they close their jaw, then they may have an overbite, underbite, or crossbite. This can lead to uneven wear and tear that leads to decayed or damaged teeth. Plus, it can cause or worsen painful TMJ problems. Traditional braces are a go-to solution to remedy these issues.

Crowded & Crooked Teeth

Dentist holding model teeth with traditional braces

If your little one’s teeth are severely overcrowded, they’ll push each other out of alignment vying for space. The result is an uneven smile that can leave them feeling self-conscious. In addition to that, they’ll also be more likely to get cavities or gingivitis because it’s harder to brush all sides or floss between them. Traditional braces have the strength and durability to correct even extreme cases requiring additional torque.

Gapped Teeth

Dentist holding model teeth with traditional braces

Gaps in your child’s grin can put a dent in their self-image as well as pose oral health risks. Bits of food that they eat are more likely to get wedged in between teeth which attracts harmful bacteria. This contributes to tooth decay and gum disease. Traditional braces can pull their teeth together so that they can look and feel their best.

Caring For Your Braces

Girl with braces holding toothbrush and flosser

Braces can’t do their job if they’re damaged, so caring for them properly is imperative to helping your child complete their treatment on time. Some tips for keeping them in good condition include:

  • Maintaining consistent oral hygiene habits with your child at home. They’ll need to continue to brush and floss their teeth twice daily to keep their mouth clean.
  • Following the provided dietary guidelines and restrictions. The metal brackets can be brittle so try to avoid giving your child anything overly hard, crunchy, sticky, or chewy.
  • Wearing a mouthguard if they play contact sports to protect both their braces as well as the soft tissues of their inner lips and cheeks.
  • Keeping up with regular visits to their orthodontist every 6 months. This helps them monitor your child’s progress, make adjustments, and keep their teeth clean throughout treatment.