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Idea Dental

General Dentists located in Northline, Houston, TX

Braces are the tried-and-tested solution for a straighter smile, and one of the most reliable ways to ensure your teeth and bite are properly aligned. If you’re in the market for braces, schedule a visit with Idea Dental in the Northline neighborhood of Houston, Texas. Their team of dedicated experts can straighten your teeth to give you a healthier, more attractive smile in no time. Book your visit today by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.

Braces Q&A

What are braces?

Braces are one of the most commonly used treatments for straightening your teeth and improving the alignment of your bite. More than 4 million people in the United States wear braces, 25% of whom are adults.

Braces are composed of brackets, bands, and an archwire. The brackets are tiny pieces of metal that are attached to your teeth and, with some assistance from tiny rubber bands, hold an archwire in place. Your dentist periodically tightens your archwire so that it exerts a small-yet-consistent amount of pressure on your teeth, which gradually pushes them towards your target alignment. 

There have been great advances in braces technology in recent years, and today’s braces are more comfortable and convenient than ever.

What conditions can braces treat?

Idea Dental recommends braces to treat a variety of orthodontic conditions, including:

  • Crooked or overcrowded teeth
  • Teeth that are spaced too far apart
  • Malocclusions, like overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite

Many people also get braces to cosmetically improve their smile by generally straightening their teeth.

Why should I get braces?

Braces improve your smile in a number of ways. Teeth that are straight and well-aligned are easier to keep clean, so patients who have had braces are at a lower likelihood of developing oral conditions that result from a buildup of plaque, like gum disease or tooth decay.

Braces also properly align your bite, which makes it easier for you to chew. By evening out the distribution of force in your bite, braces also prevent excessive wear-and-tear on your teeth, which can save you from tooth loss later in life.

Teeth that are properly aligned are also less susceptible to physical trauma and injuries from accidents, especially if you play sports.

Lastly, braces give you a more attractive smile. Patients with crooked or misaligned teeth often feel self-conscious about their appearance, which can make them feel awkward in social situations and hold them back from expressing joy. By properly aligning your smile, braces give you the freedom to truly express yourself without reserve.