Braces (Orthodontics)

Have a Perfect Smile with Braces

braces-beverly-maHave you looked in the mirror and wished you could do something about your smile? There is sometimes nothing more attractive than a perfect smile. Of course, if you went without braces as a child you might simply think that braces are no longer an option for you and that these are items only younger individuals receive. However, this is not the case at all. While a large number of individuals who receive braces are younger children, more and more adults are opting for perfect teeth and adult braces.

With the advancement of technology and techniques for installing and maintaining braces, it not only takes less time than it once did when you were a child, but it is also less noticeable as well. This way, you can have that perfect smile in no time. Flashing a perfect smile is able to give you a large boost in confidence and it can make sure that you are always able to look and feel your best. While having an incredible smile is one thing, what it is able to do your confidence is something completely different.

Why braces?

Braces are used for various reasons, including poorly aligned jaws, crooked, crowded or missing teeth, or a bad bite (also called malocclusion). Various things can cause your teeth to become crooked or your jaws to be misaligned, including:

  • crooked or crowded teeth
  • overbites or underbites
  • incorrect jaw position
  • disorders of the jaw joints

If left untreated, these problems can become more serious resulting in tooth decay, gum disease, headaches, earaches, and speaking, biting or chewing problems.

An overview of orthodontics

Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that deals with corrections involving jaw and teeth alignment. Braces employ the use of wires and are usually one of three types:

  • Old-fashioned, conventional braces, which employ the use of metal strips, or bands.
  • Metal or plastic brackets that are cemented or bonded to teeth.
  • Brackets that attach to the back teeth (also called lingual braces).



page-images-xraysOrthodontic procedures, also called orthodontia, are complex processes. In most cases, a dentist will need to make a plaster cast of the individual’s teeth and perform full X-rays of the head and mouth.

After orthodontic appliances are placed, they need to be adjusted from time to time to ensure that they continue to move the teeth into their correct position. Retainers are used following braces to ensure that teeth remain in position.

Aesthetic and Comfort Issues

Advances in technology have vastly improved appearance issues with orthodontia. Braces today are made from extremely lightweight and natural-colored materials. The materials that braces attach to-brackets-are bonded to the surfaces of teeth but can be later removed.

People can expect to wear braces for about two years—less or more in some cases. Adults are usually required to wear braces for longer periods of time. Because orthodontic appliances need to be adjusted from time to time to ensure they continue to move the teeth into their correct position, they can create pressure on the teeth and jaws. This mild discomfort usually subsides following each orthodontia adjustment.

Hygiene issues

page-images-bracesPeople who wear braces must be diligent in ensuring that food particles and other debris do not get trapped in the network of brackets and wires. In addition, brackets can leave stains on enamel if the area surrounding them is not cleaned on a daily basis.

Daily oral hygiene such as brushing, flossing and rinsing are a necessity. Some people with orthodontic appliances can benefit from using water picks, which emit small pressurized bursts of water that can effectively rinse away such debris.

Another caveat: Braces and sticky foods don’t mix. Crunchy snacks and chewy substances should be avoided at all costs because they can cause orthodontia to be loosened or damaged.

Space Maintainers

Space maintainers are helpful dental devices that can help teeth grow in normally following premature tooth loss, injury or other problems. The devices can help ensure that proper spaces are maintained to allow future permanent teeth to erupt.

If your child loses a baby tooth early through decay or injury, his or her other teeth could shift and begin to fill the vacant space. When your child’s permanent teeth emerge, there’s not enough room for them. The result is crooked or crowded teeth and difficulties with chewing or speaking.


Dr. Polan is able to help you with all of your needs and all of the questions you might have. You and your child are probably going to have all sorts of questions on when to best obtain the braces, how long it is going to take, if it is going to affect school pictures and when the right age is for braces. All of these different questions are going to be answered with the help of Beverly dentist, Dr. Ben Polan. This way, you never have to wonder what is going to take place and what is going to happen. There are so many questions that are going to go through your head and the head of your child that you want to make sure everyone is at ease.

Braces are an excellent way to improve your smile and give you that confidence you have been looking for. Of course, you want to make sure you go with the best service and the best professional team at your disposal. With the assistance of Dr. Polan and the team of Exceptional Dental, you never have to worry about what is going on or what is going to take place, as you are always going to receive the very best attention on your teeth. This way you’ll have that picture perfect smile.