Traditional metal braces are devices used in orthodontics to align and straighten teeth and help reposition them while also working to improve dental health. Crooked, overcrowded teeth can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease because they are more difficult to maintain. Rekha Gehani, DDS will use East Elmhurst braces to correct under bites, misaligned bites, open bites, deep bites, crooked teeth, and various other flaws of the teeth and jaw. Although teeth straightening and pulling was used to move the teeth and had been practiced since early times, orthodontics did not really exist until the mid-19th century.
East Elmhurst braces move the teeth as a result of force and pressure on the teeth. In the case of traditional metal or wire braces, Dr. Gehani glues tiny brackets to the front of each tooth and uses arch wire and elastic to help align the teeth. The teeth move when the arch wire puts pressure on the brackets and teeth then rubber bands can be used to put more force in a specific direction. Braces have constant pressure, which over time, move teeth into their proper positions. This movement needs to be done slowly otherwise the patient risks losing his or her teeth. This is why braces are commonly worn for approximately two and a half years and adjustments are only made every three or four weeks. In order to prevent the teeth moving back to their original position, retainers may be worn once the treatment with braces is complete. Today’s metal braces are much smaller, flatter, and more comfortable than in the past and patients of all ages choose metal braces to help them achieve straight, beautiful smiles.
Of course, the first step is to determine whether East Elmhurst braces are suitable for our patients and Dr. Gehani, one of the most respected and honored orthodontists in New York State, providing outstanding orthodontic care for more than 30 years, consults with her patient and inspects the teeth to determine if braces are appropriate. X-rays, molds, and impressions are made before Dr. Gehani determines the proper course of action. The use of digital models is rapidly increasing in the orthodontic industry which starts with the creation of a three-dimensional digital model of the patient’s arches. This model is produced by laser-scanning plaster models created with dental impressions.
Traditional metal braces are still the most popular, quickest, and most cost effective, orthodontic treatment available. Our team can help you determine what treatment is best for your individual case so please contact us to schedule an appointment and learn more about how braces can enhance your smile.