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Classic braces traditionally use small brackets fastened onto the tooth face. Then a wire is threaded through and tightened to apply pressure. Over time, the teeth will realign to the proper place for a healthy look and bite.

Many young people get braces between the ages of 8-14 as this is around the time where abnormal bites usually become visible and can be easily repaired. Adolescents are by no means the only ones that need braces. These days, more and more adults and seniors are taking advantage of the benefits of braces.

If you have alignment issues, your dentist will probably recommend braces. Otherwise, other oral health concerns may crop up.

-Jaw alignment issues
-Gum disease
-Tooth loss
-Chewing issues
-Speech impediments
-Enamel wear

Check with your dentist to discover if he can perform the operation. Sometimes you may be referred to an orthodontist or other specialist.

It is vital that you practice proper eating habits for the health of your teeth. Plaque can build up more easily around the brackets if you eat a lot of sugar which might irrevocably stain your teeth. Also, refrain from eating foods that are tricky or would rip away at your dental work. For example, apples, corn on the cob, chewing gum, etc. You can imagine the damage that they might do.

If you are interested in discussing braces, call Dr. Bryan Brassington for more information. Please contact Richmond Orthodontics to make an appointment at: 804-740-7281, or come by our office in Richmond, Virginia.