When you’re in search of a Sunset Beach NC dentist that works with orthodontia (dental braces), consider Atlantic Dental Associates in nearby Shallotte, North Carolina. As one of the many services we offer, we are fully experienced in orthodontics – the field of dentistry dealing with corrections involving the jaw and alignment of teeth.
Typical candidates for braces are children between the ages of 7 and 14 because their facial structures are still developing. But more and more we’re seeing adults finally being able to afford corrective measures to be taken on their teeth. Adult braces entail additional procedures because their facial structures are fully developed.
Braces are usually one of three types employing the use of wires:
- 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).
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. Retainers are temporarily worn after braces are removed to ensure that teeth remain in position.
Remember, Atlantic Dental Associates in nearby Shallotte can meet if not exceed your requirements for a Sunset Beach NC dentist.