Traditional braces are possibly the most popular treatment for straightening teeth. Though there are now other options such as clear braces and Invisalign, traditional metal braces are a reliable method that can treat a variety of orthodontic issues. Dr. Shawn Javid offers this treatment in Valencia, CA to help you achieve a smile you’ll love.

How Do Braces Work?

Whether traditional braces or aligners are used, the method of using braces works by applying a steady amount of pressure in a calculated way on the teeth to gradually shift them along the gum line to a new position. Crooked or crowded teeth, a misaligned bite, and jaw problems can all be treated with braces, resulting in not just an improved appearance, but oral health benefits as well. Straighter teeth help improve eating and speaking and, because they are easier to clean, help with oral hygiene.

What are Traditional Braces?

Traditional braces utilize a system of metal wires and brackets. The brackets are attached to the teeth using an adhesive, and then they are connected with a wire. The wire does the main job of straightening as it is periodically tightened to maintain the steady pressure necessary for a successful orthodontic treatment.

Metal braces are somewhat infamous for being uncomfortable and unattractive, but advancements in dental technology have resulted in improvements on both issues; braces now are smaller, sleeker, and more comfortable. They are often associated with younger patients, but adults can also benefit from this treatment. A typical treatment will take one to three years, depending on the severity of the occlusion. Once the braces are removed, a retainer is usually required to prevent the teeth from moving back to their original positions.

Braces in Valencia, CA

If you are considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or your children, contact Dr. Javid in Valencia, CA. His office offers both traditional braces and Invisalign, and you will be able to discuss the best option to meet your needs and goals. Metal braces will require regular visits to the dentist office to have the wires tightened, as well as diligent care, but you are likely to find that the results will be worth it.

dr shawn javid

Dr. Shawn Javid

DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery)

Dr. Shawn completed his undergraduate studies at California State University Northridge (CSUN) where he received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biological sciences.