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What are Dental Braces?

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What are Dental Braces?

Dental braces are wire-based devices that are placed directly on the teeth to correct crowded and misaligned teeth or jaw. The objective of dental braces is to straighten and align the teeth to create a pleasant smile and perfect the bite. The system consists of brackets that are bonded on to the teeth and a wire that passes through them. Children, teens, and adults can get braces. However, a thorough examination and consultation are required to assure the set is appropriate for the patient. Dental braces correct the following issues:

-Misaligned teeth

-Irregular bite such as over, under, and crossbites

-Gapped teeth

-Crooked or overcrowding teeth

Dental Braces Consist of:


-Ring-like bands

-Flexible wire, which joins the brackets and bands to regulate teeth movement

-Accessories, such as rubber bands to assist teeth movement and headgear worn at night to hold teeth in the right position.

Types of Dental Braces

Selecting the correct set depends on several considerations such as cost, allergies, and aesthetics.


Traditional braces are the most common. They are made of stainless steel. Metal brackets are fixed on top of each tooth using a certain type of cement.


The brackets are made of clear, translucent ceramic material. Ceramic braces are just as effective as traditional braces. However, they require extra care to prevent damage.


-Limit sugary and starchy foods to prevent tooth decay

-Brush regularly to maintain oral hygiene

-Rinse your mouth thoroughly to get rid of food particles

-Floss regularly

-Avoid hard and sticky foods as they can damage your set

-Maintain dental visits to review progress and help maintain healthy teeth and gums

-Follow the advice given by your dentist to prevent issues and obtain the best results

-After your treatment, use your retainer as instructed to prevent the teeth from shifting back

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Straightening your teeth is possible with orthodontic treatment. Learn more which options are best for your unique situation. Call My McLean Dentist at 703-356-4822 or book online for a consultation. Moreover, our office offers a variety of dental treatments to help patients of all ages. Contact us today.

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