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Braces are the most common means of correcting orthopedic problems in children, adolescents, and adults alike. Over 4 million people in the United States currently have braces. They are one of the most trusted ways to correct crooked teeth or misaligned bites.

Located in Brooklyn, Brace Central is committed to giving our patients healthy, stunning smiles. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, and find out if you’re a good candidate for orthodontic treatment.

How Do Braces Work?

Braces work by applying continuous pressure to your teeth, slowly guiding them into an aligned position. This is done through brackets and archwires.

Brackets are bonded directly to your teeth. They come in a variety of styles and colors, and can even be fashioned onto the back of your teeth so that your braces are less noticeable. Archwires are threaded through the brackets and guide the movement of your teeth.

These are the most fundamental components of braces. Depending upon the condition of your teeth, you may need a combination of different devices to reposition your teeth and jaw. Your orthodontist will be able to determine and inform you of these extra features during your initial consultations.

What are the Benefits of Braces?

A straight, aligned smile can make a world of a difference in the ways that you interact with others and feel about yourself. Braces can also correct an irregular or protruding jaw, leaving you with more aesthetically appealing facial proportions.

But the benefits of braces aren’t purely aesthetic. Braces provide a number of other advantages to patients, including:

  • A more effective bite
  • Clearer speech
  • An easier time brushing and flossing
  • The alleviation of unnecessary wear and grinding
  • A decreased risk of broken or fractured teeth

All of these benefits are related to the fact that a straight smile contributes and increases the overall health of your teeth, mouth, and gums.

Who Should Get Braces?

If you’re experiencing hesitation and apprehension over the decision to get braces, you’re not alone. Most people have their braces on somewhere between one and two years. Orthodontic treatment is a time commitment, so the choice to get them should not be made lightly.

The process of having braces is usually easier for children than it is for adults. Many of a child’s peers also have braces, and their developing teeth and jaws are easily molded into an aligned position. But receiving braces as an adult can have a wide range of benefits. Adults are receiving braces today more than ever before – over 25% of people that have braces in the United States are adults. The results of your treatment can improve your confidence and overall health for years to come. Additionally, Incognito braces are available that can help you align your smile discreetly.

Ultimately, the decision to get braces is a personal one that should be made between you and a skilled, licensed orthodontist. During your initial consultation, your orthodontist will examine your teeth and provide their professional recommendation.

If you have any questions about braces, or would like to schedule a consultation, contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!

Attached to your braces, elastics (rubber bands) exert the proper force that creates the right amount of pressure to move teeth. In order for this force to remain constant, elastics must be worn all the time and changed every day.