If you have crowded teeth, an overbite or underbite, or gaps in your teeth, you might think that a straight smile is out of reach. At ChapmanSmiles Orthodontics, Gary Chapman, DDS, the friendly and enthusiastic dental team can help you achieve a straighter smile with traditional braces. To schedule a consultation to determine if braces will be a good choice for your orthodontic needs, call the office in Happy Valley, Oregon or use the online booking tool today.

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What are traditional braces?

Traditional braces are a teeth-straightening system consisting of brackets, thin metal wires, and elastic bands. Your dentist applies one small bracket to each tooth along with wires that connect them. The rubber bands help to maintain the position of your braces.

What kind of teeth problems can braces correct?

Traditional metal braces are a highly effective way to solve many orthodontic problems, including:

  • Crowded mouth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite

One of the most significant advantages of traditional metal braces versus other teeth straightening options is that braces can take on nearly any kind of teeth alignment issue, even severe ones.

How do braces straighten my teeth?

Braces work by placing gentle but steady pressure on your teeth, gradually shifting them over time. The brackets serve as anchor points that the archwires use to create the necessary movements. Each time Dr. Chapman adjusts your braces, your teeth shift closer to the optimal position.

How often do I need to get my braces adjusted?

It depends on your specific needs. On average, most patients get quick braces adjustments at ChapmanSmiles Orthodontics every 6-8 weeks. The adjustments take just a few minutes in most cases.

Can I get braces as an adult?

Yes. In fact, about 40% of Dr. Chapman’s patients who receive braces are adults. If you had braces as a kid, it’s important to know that they’ve changed dramatically over the last few decades and are more comfortable than you might expect.

How long will I wear braces?

It depends on your needs and situation. Most patients wear braces for around two years, but you may only need them for a year or less. In more complex cases, you may need to wear braces longer.

Should I get braces or clear aligners?

Traditional braces may be the best choice if you want reliable teeth straightening on a budget. Braces are usually better for younger people and those who have severe teeth alignment problems.

If you want a discreet teeth-straightening option, then clear aligners might be something to consider. To learn more about your teeth straightening options, call ChapmanSmiles Orthodontics or go online to get started now.