Braces Specialist

Smile Now Dental

Thomas Pham, DMD

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Arlington, WA

If you have crooked teeth, a misaligned bite, or a combination of both, traditional braces are your best bet for straightening and improving your smile. At Smile Now® Dental in Spanaway, Tacoma, and Arlington, Washington, a team of dental experts is available to fit you for a set of braces that can completely transform your smile into one you’ll love showing off. Call Smile Now Dental or book an appointment online now to learn more about your options.

Braces Q & A

What are braces?

Traditional braces are a dental treatment designed to straighten your teeth and correct your misaligned bite. Your Smile Now Dental professional may recommend traditional metal braces if you have:

  • Crooked teeth
  • An overbite
  • An underbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Large tooth gaps

Without proper treatment, crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can lead to serious dental issues, such as TMJ, gum disease, and chewing and swallowing problems. These complications are why early intervention is always recommended.

How can traditional braces straighten my smile?

The first step in creating your individualized treatment plan is to take X-rays, scans, and impressions of your mouth. This helps your Smile Now Dental expert create a map to your beautiful new smile. This may mean a combination of braces and a removable appliance, a fixed appliance, or rubber bands. What works best for you may not for another patient.

Traditional braces work by putting a small amount of pressure on your teeth, slowly moving them into place over time. As your teeth move, the bone itself changes shape to make the corrections permanent.

Depending on the severity of your case, braces are typically worn between 18 months and three years. You will likely be fitted for a removable or fixed retainer after your braces are removed to ensure your teeth remain straight and healthy.

How can I take care of my teeth while wearing braces?

One of the greatest struggles with braces is keeping your teeth clean and healthy. While the metal brackets and wires are designed to straighten your smile, they are notoriously difficult to clean. This means you must be extra careful about your oral hygiene routine. The following tips will help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful:

  • Brush your teeth and braces after every meal
  • Floss your teeth every day
  • Use a fluoride-based toothpaste
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to limit gum irritation
  • Avoid tooth whitening products
  • Schedule regular checkups and cleanings

Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can make it difficult to clean your teeth, leading to gum disease, tooth decay, and more. Traditional braces can help improve your smile so call Smile Now Dental or book an appointment online today.