Braces can solve a variety of orthodontic problems (crowded teeth, overbite, underbite, open bite, etc.). Orthodontic treatment with braces from Crescent Orthodontics help patients near Novi, MI achieve perfectly aligned teeth, a better functioning mouth, and a beautiful, healthy smile. Most people know what braces do (they result in straight teeth), but many people really have no idea how braces work to do what they do. Dr. Ashley Reynolds and the team at Crescent Orthodontics want you to better understand how you can get that dynamite smile with braces near Novi, MI.
How Braces Work
A little pressure goes a long way! Braces are comprised of several parts that work together to apply pressure to move the teeth, and they each play a specific role to help straighten the teeth. The brackets are the small square pieces that attach firmly to the front of the teeth. The brackets act as an anchor for the archwires. The archwires are the metal wires that stretch over the row of teeth. They help to guide the movement of the teeth, pulling them gently to the right position and order. The elastics or rubber bands, if they are indicated, are attached to hooks on the braces, and they work between the upper and lower teeth to achieve proper alignment. All of these components together allow braces from Crescent Orthodontics to help patients attain straight teeth and better alignment. Elastics or “rubber bands” are used during treatment to obtain the “bite” correction in combination with the braces. Correcting the “bite” is one of the most important aspects of orthodontic treatment!
How Retainers Work
Retainers are an important part of orthodontic treatment. Retainers work to keep the teeth in their proper positions. Once the braces come off, teeth can begin to shift. Retainers stabilize the bones and gums so that the teeth stay firmly in their new positions. Dr. Ashley Reynolds will prescribe the right type retainer and wear schedule for you to make sure your new, perfect smile lasts for a lifetime!!
How to Get These Appliances to Work for You
Now that you know how these orthodontic treatment systems work, you may be wondering how they might help you. Straight teeth typically allow less food and bacteria to be trapped resulting in less cavities and gum disease. Getting a functional/corrected “bite” also contributes to the overall health of the patient.
If braces near Novi, MI sound like they might be a good fit for you, set up your complimentary consultation with Crescent Orthodontics. Dr. Ashley Reynolds will meet with you to assess your specific needs and help create an individual plan of treatment with braces to suit your goals and your lifestyle. In addition, if you have recently moved to the area and have already completed orthodontic treatment and need a new orthodontist to oversee your retention phase, Dr. Ashley Reynolds and her amazing team at Crescent Orthodontics are more than happy to help! Take that first step and contact Crescent Orthodontics near Novi, MI today at: 248.437.3377!