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Uncorrected deviations in the alignment of your teeth can leave you with an unattractive smile and teeth that are increasingly prone to problems like tooth enamel attrition and dental fractures. Fortunately, the orthodontic specialists at Great Big Smiles Orthodontics can correct most dental alignment issues with traditional braces.

Once the orthodontic components have been installed on your teeth, you will need to return to see Dr. Michael Bowen at regular intervals to have the components tightened and adjusted. The progressive tension applied to your braces and teeth will gradually realign your teeth in minute increments. In time this will fully correct the position and orientation of your teeth

You will also need to take steps to maintain your braces. Should an orthodontic component become bent, loosened, or damaged, it can adjust the tension on your braces. This could potentially lengthen the amount of time it takes to achieve the ideal alignment of your teeth.

It’s best to abstain from chewing gum, taffy, and other sticky foods as well as hard foods. These things can potentially loosen a bracket or bend a wire, which could complicate or prolong the realignment process.

Cavities and periodontal health problems can extend the amount of time needed to fully correct the alignment of your teeth. Remember to brush your teeth and braces each morning and night, followed by thoroughly flossing at least once each day.

If you live in the Scottsdale, Arizona, region and you have alignment issues with your teeth, you should call 480-948-4200 to schedule a braces consultation at Great Big Smiles Orthodontics’s orthodontic clinic.