Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?
Metal braces have two components, brackets and an archwire. Each metal bracket is glued to a tooth, and the archwire links them. Due to this positioning, braces are durable and fixed and cannot be removed without the help of Dr. Ballou, our dentist in Raytown. Their fixed position encourages you to brush your teeth at least three times a day to avoid food buildup in brackets and to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
How long will I have to wear braces?
Orthodontic treatment times vary on several factors, including the current and desired position of the teeth. Typically, treatment can last anywhere between 12 to 18 months. During your consultation, an estimated treatment time will be given, and treatment will be monitored closely during routine visits. Maintaining these appointments allows Dr. Ballou to evaluate progress and determine the next step towards achieving your new, straight smile.
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