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Traditional Braces – Plano, TX

The Trusted & Proven Way
To Effectively Straighten Teeth

Suffering from crooked, crowded, and gapped teeth can have a huge impact on your oral health and confidence. Traditional braces in Plano have been used for decades to provide smiles that are straighter and more functional than ever. Whether you’re an adult or teen who’s suffering from mild, moderate, or severe orthodontic problems, this treatment can offer you virtually guaranteed results that you’ll feel great about. To learn more about traditional braces in Plano, TX and how they can benefit you or your child, schedule a free consultation today by contacting our orthodontic office!

Why Choose Willow Bend Orthodontics
for Traditional Braces?

  • Only Female Board-Certified Orthodontist in Plano
  • 16 Years of Experience Creating Winning Smiles
  • Dental Insurance Accepted,
    0% In-House Financing

The Basics of Braces

Smiling patient with traditional braces

Braces utilize brackets that are attached to each of your individual teeth and hold an archwire in place. Over the course of your treatment, Dr. Jones will adjust the amount of tension that the archwire produces, slowly aligning each of your teeth into their ideal positions. Braces in the past are known for being cumbersome and irritating, but today, modern braces are much more subtle and comfortable.

The Benefits of Braces

Smiling young boy with traditional braces

Braces can do a lot more than boost your confidence by offering a straighter smile. They can also help you optimize your oral health! Here are some benefits that you’ll be able to enjoy once your smile is completely aligned:

  • Eliminate hard-to-reach gaps and crevices in your smile that contribute to bacteria buildup in your mouth.
  • Reduce your risk of cavity development and gum disease by making brushing and flossing more effective.
  • Correct misaligned bites that could lead to teeth grinding and TMJ dysfunction.
  • Reduce your risk of experiencing a dental emergency.
  • Make speaking and eating more comfortable with an aligned bite.
  • Reduce neckaches and headaches by reducing jaw joint strain.
  • Boost your confidence by eliminating crooked teeth.

Customizable Brackets

Closeup of smile with customizable brackets

One great feature about our traditional braces at Willow Bend Orthodontics is that you can customize your appliance to feel more confident while undergoing treatment. The rubber bands that are used to hold your archwire in place and help correct bite problems come in the entire rainbow of colors and are switched out every few weeks at each of your check-up visits. This means that you can match your braces color to the season, or you can choose clear or white bands that are more discreet!

Orthodontic FAQs

Whether you are preparing for orthodontic treatment or already wearing braces, your orthodontist in Plano is here to answer all your questions. Dr. Tamara Jones is a trusted expert who believes in providing the best solutions for patients of all ages. When it comes to traditional braces, it’s normal for patients to have questions and concerns about the process, which is why she has provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions by previous patients. Feel free to review the information below and contact us to schedule a consultation today.

Do braces hurt?

While you can expect to experience some slight discomfort after initially receiving your braces in Plano as well as after each follow-up appointment, this should only be temporary. An over-the-counter pain reliever is recommended to minimize discomfort and allow for a more comfortable and enjoyable orthodontic experience. A cold compress can also be used to reduce any pain you might feel, and your orthodontist will also likely recommend that you eat soft foods for a short time to avoid placing additional pressure on your teeth, gums, and metal appliances.

Why should I bother straightening my teeth?

Apart from the fact that crooked teeth as well as those that are crowded or have gaps can cause you to experience low self-esteem, these common problems can also result in worsening oral health conditions. Not only are they increasingly difficult to maintain and clean, but you can also experience worn tooth enamel and chronic jaw pain. Patients with misaligned bites often developing issues with their temporomandibular joints (TMJ), which can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). It’s best to straighten your teeth and give your smile a chance for a healthier, more beautiful future.

Is it possible to play sports while wearing braces?

Whether it is you or your child who enjoys playing football, softball, volleyball, baseball, or even running track and field, playing sports with braces is certainly possible. The one key rule is to make sure that you have a customized mouthguard created. This unique oral device will better protect your teeth, soft oral tissues, facial structure, and oral appliances from potential damage and injury. No one wants to imagine what it would be like to endure a sports-related accident that results in poking wires or busted metal. By wearing a custom mouthguard, you can safeguard your or your child’s smile while on the field, court, or track!

Will I be expected to wear a retainer?

Yes, a retainer is an essential component to successful treatment. These devices make it possible to keep your teeth firmly in place after your braces are removed. Because it takes time for your pearly whites to settle into their new location permanently, you need an oral device that will keep them from shifting back into their original position. Refusing to wear a retainer will only result in the undoing of all your hard work and effort. While you may be required to wear it full time in the beginning, once your orthodontist feels more comfortable, you can switch to wearing it only at night while you sleep.