It’s estimated that four million Americans are wearing braces at any given time. Thanks to braces, it’s possible to correct potentially serious alignment issues, like crossbite or underbite, safely and effectively. At Constant and Contro Orthodontics, the team of expert orthodontists uses braces to help people of all ages achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. To make an appointment at the practice in Cupertino or Palo Alto, California, call the nearest office today or click the online booking feature.

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What are braces?

Dental braces are orthodontic appliances that your Constant and Contro Orthodontics provider bonds to your natural teeth. There are several types of braces, but all feature three main components –– brackets, archwires, and rubber bands.

The brackets, archwires, and rubber bands place mild pressure on your teeth and jaw. Over time, that pressure causes them to change position and move into proper alignment. When your teeth are properly aligned, they look better, and they’re easier to care for.

What are the types of braces?

At Constant and Contro Orthodontics, the team offers several types of braces, including:

Conventional metal braces

Conventional braces are made of metal and bonded to the front of your teeth. Throughout the orthodontic treatment process, you return to Constant and Contro Orthodontics every few weeks.

At each check-up, your provider adjusts the archwire, placing slightly different pressure on your teeth. Your teeth and jaw gradually move into the proper position.

Ceramic (clear) braces

If you don’t want to wear conventional braces, the team might recommend ceramic ones. Clear braces have brackets made of ceramic. Ceramic very closely mimics your natural tooth enamel, so the braces blend in with your teeth.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are just like conventional braces, but they’re bonded to the back of your teeth instead of the front. Of all the types, lingual braces are the most discreet, but they can also be challenging to clean.

What types of issues can braces treat?

At Constant and Contro Orthodontics, the team uses braces to treat various alignment issues,  including:

  • Crooked or overlapping teeth
  • Crowding
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite

You might also benefit from orthodontic treatment with braces if you have a malpositioned jaw that affects the way you bite, chew, or speak.

How long does treatment with braces take?

The length of time that treatment with braces takes depends on several factors, including your goals, the severity of your alignment issues, and how closely you follow your provider’s treatment plan. Most people finish wearing braces in 18-24* months, but it can take longer.

Be patient and make sure to attend each of your check-ups at Constant and Contro Orthodontics.

To explore the benefits of braces, make an appointment at Constant and Contro Orthodontics by calling the nearest office today or clicking the online booking feature.

*Individual results may vary.