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Inner Harbor Traditional braces

Young boy with bracesA straight smile looks great, functions properly, and helps patients maintain their optimal level of oral health for a lifetime. Traditional bracket and wire braces have been used for decades to offer effective, predictable results for patients with crooked teeth, uneven spacing, or more advanced alignment concerns like over, under, and crossbite. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, it may be time to call Harbor East Dental to schedule your Inner Harbor traditional braces consultation. Our skilled dentists and dentistry team offer a wide range of orthodontic solutions to help patients achieve healthy, flawless smiles.

Do I Have to Straighten My Teeth?

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In the past, orthodontic treatment was considered to be purely cosmetic. Today, we know that these treatments are actually essential to ensure your oral and overall health. Patients who leave bite alignment concerns untreated can experience a number of oral health concerns, including:

  • Crowded teeth may be difficult to clean properly, increasing risk for gum disease and tooth decay
  • An uneven bite puts excessive pressure on specific teeth, increasing wear to these teeth and risk for dental chips and cracks
  • Uneven bite strains the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) potentially leading to dysfunction

How do Traditional Braces Work?

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Traditional braces use brackets attached to the fronts of your smile to place pressure on teeth, moving them into position. Once the brackets are in place, wires are connected to them. During regular adjustment visits, these wires are shifted to place pressure on the brackets. Over the course of 18 to 36 months of treatment, your teeth are gradually moved into the best position to ensure ideal function. Once teeth are in their new position, you’ll need to wear a retainer while the supportive bone and soft tissue reattaches and anchors teeth.

What are the Benefits of Accelerated Orthodontic Systems?

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If you determine that traditional bracket and wire braces are the right treatment option for you, it may be a good idea to visit our team for treatment using our accelerated orthodontic system. We may recommend a number of accelerated orthodontic options to reduce your overall treatment time, including:

  • Propel – this system is utilized during in-office acceleration appointments
  • Acceledent – this system is used at-home throughout your treatment plan
  • Periodontally accelerated osteogenic orthodontics – this is a surgical acceleration completed by a skilled oral surgeon or periodontist

Are Traditional Braces My Only Option?

Today, patients have a number of different orthodontic options to meet their unique alignment goals and fit individual schedules and budgets. In addition to traditional metal braces, there are also bracket and wire orthodontics that utilize clear and tooth-colored materials to offer a subtler appearance during smile alignment. Lingual braces are another option. They work in much like traditional braces, but the brackets and wires are placed on the insides of teeth, making them less noticeable within your smile. At Harbor East Dental, we offer Invisalign clear braces. This is an alignment tray orthodontic system that straightens teeth without brackets and wires.