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Traditional Braces – Irving & Farmers Branch, Texas

Orthodontics for Smiles of All Ages

Woman with flawless smile in dental chair giving thumbs upStraight teeth look great and feel even better, but only a very lucky few are born with properly positioned teeth and a perfectly aligned bite. If you aren’t one of these lucky people, let the Rio Dental & Orthodontics team help. We offer a wide range of orthodontic treatment options from phase 1 early intervention treatments to alignment tray treatments and traditional braces. While traditional bracket and wire braces have a bad reputation, they are still the best solution to perfect smiles in a variety of situations. If you want to learn more about traditional braces or any of the other orthodontic solutions available from our team, call to schedule an appointment in one of our two dental offices in the DFW Metroplex in Irving and Farmers Branch.

How do Traditional Braces Work?

Young man with bracesTraditional braces place pressure on individual teeth to gradually shift them into the best position within the bite. This is accomplished using a series of brackets and wires. Brackets are fused to the front surfaces of the teeth. Then, the wires are used to connect the brackets. To shift teeth, patients will visit our dental office regularly where we will adjust the wires to place pressure on specific brackets, moving teeth to their ideal placement. For more complex movements for bite alignment issues, like over, under, and crossbite, we may also use rubber bands. These bands are attached to brackets in order to place pressure that will shift the whole mouth into proper alignment.

How Long Will Orthodontic Treatment Take?

Closeup of smile with braces and rubber bandsThe length of your orthodontic treatment plan will depend in large part on the severity of your bite alignment concerns. For patients who just have a few teeth that erupted at odd angles or unevenly spaced, treatment may be completed in 12 to 18 months. More complex alignment processes can take 18 to 36 months or longer in some cases. 

Will I Have to Wear a Retainer?

Smiling teen girl with bracesYes. No matter what orthodontic solution you pick, you’ll need to wear a retainer. These orthodontic appliances hold your teeth in their new alignment as the supportive bone and gum tissue to reattach to the tooth roots and anchor the smile in place.

When are Braces Recommended?

No two patients are exactly alike, and no orthodontic treatment is right for everyone. Some of the situations where we are likely to recommend bracket and wire braces include treatments for:

  • Those in need of more advanced movement that repositions the whole bite rather than just individual tooth position.
  • Those who have a malpositioned jaw that needs to be repositioned in order to open the airway, relieve jaw joint pain, or to allow for more natural movement while speaking, chewing, or even sharing a smile.
  • Those who are less likely to stay in compliance with a clear aligner orthodontic plan.