Gentle Dentistry

Metal Braces

Dentist In Kalamazoo, MI

It’s never too late to straighten crooked teeth! If you’ve ever felt self-conscious about your smile, it’s time to request an appointment with our braces dentist. Metal braces are perfect for patients who have crooked teeth or bite issues.

At your first visit, Dr. Busch-Abbate will be able to examine your teeth and gums. She’ll also take X-rays of your teeth and jaw to determine the best course of orthodontic treatment.

Benefits of Metal Braces

Crooked teeth affect more than just the appearance of your smile — they also help improve oral health. Since plaque likes to hide where toothbrush bristles can’t reach, patients with crooked teeth tend to have a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Fortunately, metal braces can straighten your teeth over time. After treatment, plaque will have fewer places to hide.

Your smile says a lot about your personality. It also helps you make a good first impression when meeting someone for the first time, such as a date or potential employer. Our braces dentist can help you straighten your teeth and correct any jaw issues so you can smile with confidence. In other words, dental braces can help improve your self-esteem.

Do Metal Braces Hurt?

While wearing metal braces, it’s normal to feel slight pressure on your teeth. This pressure is what will move your teeth into their optimal positions in your mouth. If you feel any discomfort, take some over-the-counter pain relievers for a few days until you adjust to your braces.

What Should You Avoid Eating with Braces?

Avoid eating foods that are sticky and/or hard to chew. Otherwise, you could risk damaging the metal wires and brackets on your teeth. While wearing braces, we recommend eating soft foods like cheese, yogurt, soft bread, and pasta. Hard vegetables like carrots should be cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces to avoid damaging your dental braces.

Don’t want to give up your favorite foods? Ask our Kalamazoo dentist if you’re a candidate for ClearCorrect®. ClearCorrect can be removed before meals so you don’t have to change your diet during orthodontic treatment.

Learn More

Dr. Stephanie Busch-Abbate is a metal braces dentist in Kalamazoo, MI. To learn more or request an appointment, call Gentle Dentistry at (269) 381-3890.

Emergency Dental Care

Our dental office treats many types of traumatic dental injuries, such as teeth that have been chipped, moved, or knocked out. Please contact our Kalamazoo, MI office for help with a dental emergency.

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