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Traditional Braces – Cambridge, MA

Reliable and Cost-Effective Orthodontics

Smiling teen girl wearing traditional braces in Cambridge

Traditional braces in Cambridge have been around for generations. Today, they remain one of the most popular and reliable ways to correct dental misalignment. Here at Fresh Pond Dental, we are proud to offer this treatment in a welcoming and comfortable environment. Get in touch with us today to schedule your consultation, or read on below to learn more about braces and how they may be able to benefit you.

Why Choose Fresh Pond Dental for Traditional Braces?

How Do Traditional Braces Work?

Gloved hands holding dental model with traditional braces

Traditional braces include brackets, which a dentist in Cambridge bonds onto the teeth. A wire connects the brackets. As the wire is tightened at periodic appointments (every 6 – 8 weeks), it applies pressure to the teeth. Eventually, the teeth shift into their proper positions. In some cases, additional accessories work along with the brackets and wires to address bite alignment issues. Treatment time with braces varies from case to case, but on average, it takes 18 – 36 months to achieve final results.

What Orthodontic Issues Can Braces Fix?

Illustration of braces being used to correct crooked teeth

During your consultation, we will learn about your dental misalignment and determine whether braces are right for you or if another solution would be better for helping you gain a healthier smile. Braces are able to address a wide range of orthodontic issues, including most cases of:

Bite Misalignment

Problems like overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite are all forms of malocclusion. Malocclusion can contribute to a variety of symptoms, ranging from aesthetic issues to teeth grinding to TMJ disorder. Braces, usually with the help of elastics and other accessories, can both shift the teeth and train the jaw to rest in the correct position.

Crowded & Crooked Teeth

Overlapping, crowded teeth can trap food between them, increasing your risk of bad breath, cavities, and gum disease. They can even affect your ability to speak clearly. After possible extractions, braces can shift the teeth into their ideal places, resulting in a better bite and a lower risk of oral health issues.

Gapped Teeth

A gap between the teeth is widely regarded as unattractive. That extra space can also leave your gums vulnerable to harm. Braces may be able to move your teeth closer together, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing smile and a lower risk of gum problems.

Caring for Your Braces

Teen boy using special tool to clean around braces

Caring for braces requires that you use special oral hygiene tools to clean around your brackets and wires; our team will coach you on the techniques you should use to maintain a fresh mouth. You should also avoid certain foods. For example, hard foods may break your braces, while sticky foods could easily get stuck in them. If you play sports, you should wear a mouthguard that is specifically designed to be used with braces.