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Traditional Braces – McKinney, TX

Perfectly Aligning Smiles

Woman with bracesStraight teeth look great, function properly, and help you to avoid any number of oral and whole body health issues. At Oakbrook Dental & Orthodontics of McKinney, our skilled orthodontist and team members offer a number or treatment options, including traditional braces in McKinney, TX, to deliver straight, healthy, flawlessly functioning smiles. If you’re ready to get started aligning your smile, call Oakbrook Dental & Orthodontics to schedule a treatment consultation visit with our dedicated orthodontist and team. We’ll review your smile and help you develop a plan to deliver the ideal form and function.


How Do Traditional Braces Work?

Closeup of rainbow-colored braces in McKinney

Traditional braces have been used for decades to deliver effective orthodontic alignment services. Braces use a series of brackets and wires to shift patients’ teeth over the course of 18 to 36 months, depending on the severity of the alignment concerns. Some of the many reasons it may take longer to complete your orthodontic treatment include:

  • The need to reposition individual crooked teeth
  • The need to shift the entire bite
  • Need for preparatory services like gum disease treatment
  • Need for advanced surgical procedures like tooth extraction or jaw surgery
  • Patient noncompliance

Each bracket is fused to the front surface of a tooth. Wires attach the brackets to each other in a line. During regular orthodontic appointments, your orthodontist skillfully adjusts the wires to place pressure on specific brackets. Over time, this pressure shifts teeth into the desired position. For those patients who have more advanced conditions like over, under, or crossbite, we may also need to use bands that place pressure to move the entire bite together.

Once your braces are removed, you’ll need to use a retainer to hold teeth in their new positions as the supportive gum and bone tissues fuse to the root structures, holding your smile in place. Once teeth are settled into this new placement, you will be able to confidently share your smile for years to come.

What Orthodontic Issues Can Braces Fix?

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Any patient who wants to correct their bite alignment should take the time to review all of their orthodontic treatment options with a skilled orthodontist to ensure they are making the right choices for their unique smiles. Traditional metal braces are popular because they can reliably address most orthodontic issues, including cases that are mild to severe. Below, you’ll find a few of the most common issues traditional braces are used to correct.

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Bite Misalignment

Digital diagram of overbite in McKinney before braces

When the jaws don’t line up correctly, numerous problems can occur. Not only can untreated bite issues detract from your appearance, but they can lead to serious jaw problems like TMJ dysfunction and bruxism. Thankfully, whether you’re facing an overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, or any other type of bite misalignment, our talented orthodontist can craft a custom treatment plan to help you achieve a healthier, stronger bite.

Crowded & Crooked Teeth

Closeup of crooked crowded teeth in McKinney before braces

When the teeth are too crowded or overlap one another, excess pressure is placed on the enamel. As the enamel wears down over time, your risk of tooth sensitivity and damage increases dramatically. Traditional braces are an excellent choice for rearranging teeth that are crowded and crooked so that they line up evenly and harmoniously.

Gapped Teeth

Digital diagram of gap between front teeth in McKinney before braces

Not only are gaps between teeth somewhat embarrassing, but they create spaces that trap food debris and bacteria. This increases your likelihood of developing oral health issues like cavities and gum disease. A precisely planned traditional braces treatment can move each tooth gently to their desired position to give you a uniform, beautiful smile.

Caring for Your Braces

Smiling man flossing between his braces in McKinney

There’s no doubt that practicing great oral hygiene is essential for keeping your treatment on track. However, it will take some time and practice to learn how to properly and effectively care for your braces. Our experienced team will be with you every step of the way towards your new smile and give you personalized tips on how to care for your braces. A few of the most important ones to keep in mind include:

  • Brush and floss daily, and use mouthwash regularly
  • Use a threaded flosser or water flosser to clean under your wires
  • Limit or avoid sticky, hard, and ultra-sugary foods and beverages
  • Refrain from chewing on hard objects or using your teeth as tools
  • Visit us for periodic checkups so we can monitor your progress and answer your questions

Making Traditional Braces Appealing for Younger Patients

Teen girl with skateboard and braces in McKinney

If traditional braces are the best treatment option for preteens and teens, the thought of spending months with a mouthful of traditional brackets and wires is something many young patients dread. Fortunately, we work with teens to have fun with their braces. Young patients can choose brackets in various colors or shapes, have fun with multi-colored rubber bands, and demonstrate their creativity to friends with every smile. Don’t hesitate to ask our team about these options before your teen gets started with their orthodontic treatment plan.

Traditional Braces FAQs

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After reading the information above, you know a bit more about the process of getting traditional braces in McKinney. However, it’s completely normal to still have a few lingering questions in mind. At OakBrook Dental & Orthodontics, we want you to be as well-informed as possible before you make the big decision to move forward with orthodontic treatment. That’s why we’ve decided to answer some frequently asked questions below. If you’d prefer to speak directly with a member of our team, don’t hesitate to give us a call !

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Am I Too Old to Get Braces?

When you think of metal wires and brackets, you may associate them with childhood and adolescence. However, there’s no upper age limit for traditional braces in McKinney, meaning almost anyone can get them! Of course, since adult teeth are more firmly rooted into the jawbone, it may take longer to reposition them into proper alignment. Also, your oral health needs to be in good condition before you can begin orthodontic treatment. Depending on your situation, you may need to undergo preliminary treatments like fillings, root canal therapy, and gum disease treatment. It’s also worth noting that some dental insurance plans may not cover braces for adults, so check with your provider before committing to anything.

Do Traditional Braces Hurt?

You may feel mild soreness in your teeth and gums for the first few days after getting your braces. The good news is it’s only temporary and should go away with time. You can manage your discomfort in the meantime by taking over-the-counter pain medication and eating softer foods. Throughout your treatment, you may experience some discomfort as your teeth are shifting into new positions. If needed, you can use orthodontic wax to protect your soft oral tissues and avoid irritation.

Can I Chew Gum with Traditional Braces?

Chewing gum is strongly discouraged because it can easily get stuck in your braces, causing your wires to bend or making your teeth shift in unexpected directions. However, some studies show that chewing gum can actually relieve pain from orthodontic treatment and reduce gum inflammation. It’s also been proven to lower the risk of decay if chewed for 20 minutes after eating a meal or snack. But ultimately, these so-called benefits are usually not worth the risk of harming your braces and jeopardizing your treatment time.

What Can You Not Eat with Traditional Braces?

It’s strongly recommended that you stick to a soft-food diet for the first few days after getting braces in McKinney. You’ll need to be mindful of your diet as your teeth are adjusting to metal wires and brackets. Also, certain foods can damage your wires, brackets, or rubber bands.

Here are a few things you should stay away from:

  • Popcorn
  • Sticky, chewy, or hard candy (i.e., caramel and chocolate)
  • Nuts
  • Chips
  • Corn on the cob