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Traditional Braces – Murphy, TX

A Reliable Way to Get a Better Smile

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Crooked or poorly spaced teeth can be harmful to your child’s oral health – not to mention their self-esteem! If you want to give your little one the straighter smile they deserve, traditional metal braces in Murphy is one of the most tried and true ways to treat multiple orthodontic issues at once. If your child is around the age where you need to start thinking about braces, contact Murphy Family Dentistry today to schedule your first consultation!

What are Traditional Braces?

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Traditional metal braces have been used to straighten smiles for over 100 years and counting. They use a system of metal brackets and wires to gradually adjust your child’s teeth over time. In addition to crooked teeth, they’re also an excellent solution for overcrowding, crossbite, overbite, underbite, and gaps.

Compared to the braces that were used in the 80’s or 90’s, braces are much smaller and less noticeable than before thanks to orthodontic advances. This can make it easier for your child to smile with confidence while their new and improved grin is forming.

How Do Traditional Braces Work?

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First, metal brackets are attached to your child’s teeth, usually along both the upper and lower arches. Elastic bands will secure wires to the brackets.

The brackets and wires together will exert continuous pressure on their teeth to gradually move them into alignment. You’ll need to visit our office on occasion so that we can tighten your child’s braces as needed. Their smiles will slowly but surely become better aligned as the treatment continues. On average, braces will need to be worn for 12 to 24 months, although the exact amount of time depends on the kind of correction needed.

Why Traditional Braces are Great for Kids

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  • A Versatile Treatment: From misaligned teeth to a misaligned bite, metal braces can be used for all kinds of orthodontic problems, ranging from simple corrections to more complex issues.
  • Improved Oral Health: It will be easier for your child to brush and floss with straight teeth; crooked teeth are more prone to trap food particles and plaque.
  • Durability: Braces are usually made of stainless steel or titanium, allowing them to stay in your child’s mouth for a long time as needed.
  • Protecting Teeth: By fixing orthodontic problems, you’ll reduce wear and tear on your child’s teeth, helping them last longer.

When Should a Child First See the Orthodontist?

The alignment of your child’s permanent smile depends largely on their primary teeth (also called baby teeth); they help determine whether their permanent teeth come in crooked or straight. Thus, it’s usually better to see the dentist while your child still has some of their baby teeth; ideally, you should schedule an appointment before their seventh birthday. These examinations will also let us catch and treat problems such as thumb sucking or mouth breathing that can lead to orthodontic complications later. We will provide your little one with proactive care whenever possible.