Traditional Braces in Ann Arbor MI
What is the best age to get braces?
You can benefit from orthodontic treatment at any age. It’s never too late to fix crooked, gapped, or crowded teeth. Our team also has years of experience in treating jaw misalignment.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends your child get anno later than age 7. During your child’s appointment, we’ll take X-rays and dental impressions. If we notice any issues, we’ll develop an appropriate treatment plan for their condition and age. For example, many children between 10 to 14 years of age when their jaws are still growing.
How do you know if you need braces?
Patients usually seek orthodontic treatment to improve their oral health and the appearance of their smile. You should especially schedule an appointment with our orthodontist if you experience pain or discomfort while biting down. This could indicate an issue with jaw alignment.
How do braces work?
Traditional metal braces exert pressure on your teeth, slowly moving them into their optimal positions. Unlike Invisalign clear aligners, metal braces are attached to your teeth so you can’t remove them. Instead, braces exert continuous pressure on your teeth.
How do I care for braces?
Avoid eating foods that are sticky and/or hard to chew. Otherwise, you risk damaging your brackets and archwires. Foods you should avoid include caramel, gum, whole raw apples, and popcorn.
You should continue to brush twice a day and floss once daily. During orthodontic treatment, it’s easy for plaque to accumulate around wires and brackets. It’s also easy for patients to neglect their oral health while wearing metal braces. Take good care of your teeth so they’ll remain healthy and white after we remove your braces.