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How Do Braces Work?


A girl smiling with braces in Wilsonville, OR.Have you been unhappy with your mouth for a while? Are you wondering if you should get your mouth looked at? Why not give us a call to talk about braces? We would love to talk to you about braces! If you want to know how braces work before you make a decision whether or not you want to get braces on your teeth. We have all of the information you could need about braces and how they work.

Why Braces?


As people get older, they may find that their mouths and their bites have changed. An adult’s mouth can shift over time. Adults might also experience bone loss, injuries or accidents that can make an adult’s bite worse. Many adults also didn’t experience good dental or orthodontic care as children or as teenagers. Adults who didn’t get good orthodontic care when they were younger want to address problems with their teeth spacing and their bites.

How Do Braces Fix Your Teeth?


Braces are made from brackets and wires. Brackets are cemented to your teeth with dental adhesive. Then we use wires to straighten out your teeth, re-space your teeth, or correct a bite. When you come in to see us about braces, we will make impressions and use x-rays to make a plan for your mouth. After we put your braces on, you come in to see us every other month, and we adjust the wires that are on your teeth. The wires and brackets act together to move your teeth over time. This movement is less painful when it happens gradually, rather than all of your teeth moving all at once.

Perhaps you have bottom teeth that are crowded too closely together. We make impressions or models of your bottom teeth. We might even make a 3D model of your bottom teeth so that we can make a plan to fix your bottom teeth. The plan involves moving your teeth gradually along your bottom jaw. We can not only straighten your lower teeth, but we can turn or move your teeth around as well with braces.

You need to know that braces can’t fix your teeth immediately. Over the months of treatment, braces are amazingly effective. Braces can move your teeth and straighten your teeth permanently. Braces can also help you if you have trouble chewing, or if you have had jaw pain in the past. If your teeth were overcrowded before, braces could re-space your teeth, which will make it easier for you to brush and floss your teeth.

We know how hard it is to make the decision to get braces. Do you still have questions about getting braces? Why not give Senestraro Family Orthodontics a call at (503) 694-9636. Let us talk to you about whether or not you could benefit from braces. We can discuss your options with you so that you will be prepared for a new life with beautiful straight teeth. Give us a call today and let us get your process to better teeth started.
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