How Braces Can Help You?
Braces have been among the most popular orthodontic treatments for years. Braces are extremely effective for correcting a variety of malocclusions and alignment problems and can work for patients of all ages. Our Van Nuys braces dentist may suggest braces if you have a crossbite, overbite, underbite, spacing or crowding.
Our expert in braces in Van Nuys may recommend metal or ceramic braces, which are a more aesthetic alternative. Braces use a series of wires, brackets and bands to apply pressure to teeth. The pressure causes the teeth to shift position, and over time, the bone re-molds around the teeth to help them remain in their correct positions. The amount of time you are in braces will depend on the movements needed to complete your treatment plan.
Van Nuys Braces
At your first consultation, our Van Nuys braces dentist will examine your teeth, gums and bone structure and will take a series of diagnostic images. These dental X-rays will enable us to better plan your treatment. When you are ready to start treatment, we will apply the braces to your teeth. This process can take one to two hours in some cases. We begin by thoroughly cleaning your teeth. Then, we apply a special bonding compound that attaches the brackets to your teeth. Finally, the wire is secured to the brackets.
Once your braces are on your teeth, you are on your way to a straighter smile. You may want to eat a soft diet for a few days since some tenderness is common for a short period after braces are applied. If the discomfort is severe, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers. Most people adjust to their new braces quickly. You will need periodic visits with our expert in braces in Van Nuys to have your braces adjusted and your progress checked.
Taking care of your teeth and braces can ensure your smile looks and feels fantastic when your braces come off. Unfortunately, braces offer bacteria and debris plenty of hiding spots, so take your time when you brush so that you can be confident you cleaned every trace of plaque from your teeth. Floss between teeth at least once a day, and rinse with a fluoride mouthwash to strengthen the enamel on your teeth.
Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Van Nuys.