Braces are one of the most trusted and reliable methods for straightening children’s teeth, giving them a smile that’s not only more attractive, but healthier, too. Oscar Luna, DDS, provides his pediatric patients at Culmore Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics with high quality braces that improve the overall functioning and appearance of their smiles. To learn more, schedule a visit to Dr. Luna’s state-of-the-art clinic in Falls Church, Virginia, today by calling the office or booking online.
Some people think that orthodontic treatment is all about improving appearances, but while straighter teeth do make for a more cosmetically pleasing smile, they also make your child’s smile healthier, as well.
Straight smiles are easier to keep clean, which leaves them less susceptible to developing tooth decay and gum disease.
Straight teeth and a properly aligned jaw also evenly distribute your child’s biting force, which prevents their teeth from developing abnormal or excessive wear-and-tear.
Braces are a classic orthodontic treatment for straightening your child’s teeth and jaw and are composed of brackets, wires, and bands.
Dr. Luna bonds the brackets to your child’s teeth, threads an archwire through the brackets, and uses a series of rubber bands to keep the archwire in place. The archwire exerts a small but consistent amount of pressure on the brackets, which serves to gradually push your child’s teeth and jaw into a better alignment.
Your child needs to visit Dr. Luna every couple of weeks to have their archwire tightened as their teeth shift closer and closer to an ideal alignment.
Treatment time with braces varies widely from patient to patient and depends on the condition being treated, but most children can expect to wear their braces for 1-3 years.
After they’ve finished their treatment, Dr. Luna typically fits them with a retainer to help maintain the progress they’ve made.
Dr. Luna offers several types of braces at Culmore Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, including:
Traditional metal braces use brackets and archwires made from stainless steel and have been the standard choice for braces for many years. Your child can choose from a variety of different colored bands to customize their traditional metal braces, making them more fun and personable.
Clear braces are just like traditional metal braces, but their brackets are made from tooth-colored porcelain or ceramic. Because the brackets match the color of your child’s natural tooth enamel, they blend in and provide a visually discreet alternative to traditional metal braces.
The sooner your child starts straightening their teeth, the sooner they’ll have a beautiful and healthy smile. Get started today by calling Culmore Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics or booking a visit online.