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Braces

General Dentistry

Serving St. Joseph, Niles, South Bend, Kalamazoo and all of Southwest Michigan

At Modern Dentistry Associates, we work with local orthodontists who provide traditional braces and Invisalign for both teens and adults to promote proper alignment and improve smile appearance. The mechanics of todays’ braces can provide beautiful, functional results quicker and more painlessly than ever before.

Benefits of Braces

Straightening your teeth with metal braces provides clear smile enhancement benefits. But did you also know that correcting crooked teeth can go a long way toward improving your total dental health?

Crooked teeth can lead to a variety of problems, including increased risk of decay, jaw bone degeneration, chewing and speech issues, and a misaligned bite. Successful braces treatment often solves several dental health issues at once and prevents teeth from shifting out of place due to awkward positioning.

Getting Used to Braces

Braces consist of an archwire attached to small brackets that are bonded to the front surfaces of each tooth. The consistent pressure gently moves teeth into their optimal position. Adjustments are required about every 6 – 8 weeks, far less often than the braces of your parent’s generation.

The brackets that connect teeth during braces treatment should not take long to get used to. The braces designs of today are smaller, more comfortable, and less intrusive than previous models. They are a new addition to the front surfaces of teeth, so you can expect the tongue and gums to feel a bit different when touching the tooth surfaces.

Do You Need Braces?

If you have several of the following issues, braces may be an ideal option to correct your condition:

  • Crowding of teeth
  • Tooth gaps
  • Upper teeth that do not fit with corresponding lower teeth
  • Rotated teeth
  • Teeth that sit too far forward or too far back
  • Teeth that are slightly or severely crooked.

Please contact our St. Joseph dentist today to schedule your braces appointment at Modern Dentistry Associates, serving patients in St. Joseph and Kalamazoo, Michigan and Elkhart, Indiana.

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