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Traditional Orthodontics – Tucson, AZ

Reliable Solutions for a Straighter Smile

Do you need braces in Marana? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Sweet Smiles Family Dentistry and Orthodontics is here to provide effective treatment to address your crowded, crooked, gapped teeth or severe bite misalignment. No matter the problem, Dr. Alison Fitzgerald will work closely with you to identify the issue and develop a customized treatment plan that is designed to shift your teeth in a way that will produce long-lasting, beautiful, and healthy results. Contact us today to find out if you are eligible to receive braces and how you can get started.

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How Do Traditional Braces Work?

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Depending on your age, you might assume there is no way your teeth can move. While children and teenagers are still developing, adults often believe their oral structures are permanently set. Yes, it does require work, but the truth is that once you begin to apply pressure, young and old teeth can begin to move.

When living with crooked, crowded, gapped teeth, or severe bite misalignment, you can experience everything from chronic jaw pain to worn tooth enamel. By choosing braces to realign your smile, this metal bracket and wire system are attached to your teeth to help them move and shift accordingly. While undergoing treatment, you’re expected to maintain regular follow-up visits with Dr. Fitzgerald every 6-8 weeks so she can make any necessary adjustments and ensure everything is moving along smoothly.

Depending on the severity of your case, most patients receiving metal braces can expect treatment to last 2-3 years.

What Orthodontic Issues Can Braces Fix?

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If you are thinking you may be a good candidate for metal braces, make sure to call our dental office to schedule an initial consultation. It is during this visit that your dentist in Marana will go over your specific problem and determine if you are eligible for treatment. Oftentimes, the orthodontic issues that occur can directly affect your oral health, putting you at risk for more serious problems down the road. If you have good general oral health but suffer from bite misalignment, crowded or crooked teeth, or gapped teeth, there is a good chance you can expect to be cleared for orthodontic care:

Bite Misalignment

A bite that is misaligned (i.e., overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite) can open the door to many worsening oral health problems, such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) and teeth grinding (bruxism). Fortunately, by applying metal braces, we can shift your teeth and take any unnecessary pressure off your facial joints, teeth, and muscles.

Crowded & Crooked Teeth

Crowded and crooked teeth pose a potential risk simply because it makes it much harder to brush and floss your teeth well. Bad bacteria and food particles can get stuck between teeth and put you at greater risk for tooth decay and gum disease. With braces, you can expect the bracket and wire system to create the necessary space that will encourage your teeth to move into proper alignment.

Gapped Teeth

Similar to crooked and crowded teeth, those that are gapped can also experience a great deal of tooth decay and gum disease because it is easy for good to enter and become trapped. Fortunately, metal braces can bring teeth closer together so the risk for serious oral health problems lessens. Not to mention, by fixing this gap, you’ll enjoy a more pleasing aesthetic.

Caring for Your Braces

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While wearing braces, it is important that you take proper care of them to prevent any cavities from forming or gum disease from developing. You can do this by:

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