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Traditional Braces – Katy, TX

Correct Your Misaligned Teeth

If you have crooked teeth, you likely already know that the most attractive smiles are typically straight. But did you know that straight teeth are much easier to keep clean and healthy? Misalignment makes brushing and flossing more difficult and less effective, allowing plaque to build up in nooks and crannies throughout your mouth. Traditional braces from our Katy, TX orthodontist are a time-tested way to correct your misaligned teeth, helping you have better oral health as well as a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. To learn more about traditional braces, contact our office!

Why Choose The Dental People for Traditional Braces?

  • SAME-DAY URGENT CARE AVAILABLE FOR EMERGENCIES
  • SKILLED, QUALIFIED ORTHODONTIST
  • AFFORDABLE FINANCING AVAILABLE

How Do Traditional Braces Work?

Girl with braces holding a watermelon slice

Traditional braces consist of small metal brackets that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. A wire connecting all these brackets is secured with rubber bands and can be adjusted in its tightness and orientation to gently force your teeth to shift into the desired positions. Although traditional braces are securely fastened to your teeth, they are not indestructible. That’s why you need to avoid certain foods and make sure that you use the proper maintenance.

What Orthodontic Issues Can Braces Fix?

Closeup of gapped teeth in Katy

Traditional braces are one of the most popular options for correcting misalignment issues because of all of the orthodontic problems they are able to fix. Here are some of the most common:

Bite Misalignment

If the jaws don’t come together as they should, you find issues like overbites, underbites, crossbites, and other problems. This can both distract from your overall appearance and make it more difficult to speak, eat, and move your jaw. Traditional braces, sometimes paired with elastics, are able to guide the jaws into alignment for a perfect bite.

Crowded & Crooked Teeth

When teeth are crooked, overlapping, uneven, or crowded, they can easily trap plaque and bacteria, making it easier to develop oral health problems like cavities, gum disease, and oral infections. Traditional braces can be used to realign your smile to perfection.

Gapped Teeth

Gaps between the teeth often make adults feel insecure. They also put your teeth at a higher risk of becoming damaged. Traditional braces can guide your teeth closer together to give you are more uniform smile.

Treatment Process

Girl with braces playing tennis

After you and Dr. Girgius (or one of our other skilled dentists) have decided that braces are the right treatment for you, we’ll follow this general process:

  • We will take impressions of your teeth and create a personalized treatment plan.
  • Then, we’ll attach the brackets to your teeth and put the wire in place. You’ll get to choose the color of rubber bands.
  • When you have your braces placed, we will provide you with clear instructions for taking care of your braces and teeth so that you enjoy the best results and fewer problems during treatment.
  • You will come into our Katy dental office every several weeks for an adjustment, where we’ll change the tension on the wire and make sure that you’re progressing according to plan.
  • You will likely feel soreness for a day or two after your adjustment, but it will subside.
  • When treatment is complete, we’ll remove the braces, leaving you with a beautifully straight smile!

Caring for Your Braces

Woman smiling with traditional bridges in Katy

When you have braces, it is essential that you take some extra steps to care for your smile. Here are some tips that we recommend for a treatment to go as smoothly as possible:

  • Brush twice, floss, and rinse with mouthwash every day.
  • Use a threaded flosser or water flosser to clean beneath your wires.
  • Stay away from foods that are particularly hard or sticky.
  • Don’t chew on hard objects or use your teeth as tools.
  • See us for periodic checkups so we can monitor your treatment.

Cost of Traditional Braces

Woman pointing to smile after traditional braces treatment

In general, traditional braces are the most affordable treatment option for straightening your teeth. Because each patient is unique and requires a customized treatment plan, estimating the cost for a “typical” case is difficult. It depends on how many brackets you need, the duration of your treatment, and how severe your misalignment is. At your consultation with Dr. Girgius, you’ll be able to receive a more accurate timeline and cost for your treatment. During that appointment, we can review your dental insurance to see if part of the cost is covered and help you understand and use your benefits to your advantage. What are you waiting for? Your perfectly aligned smile is closer than you think—just contact our dental office to schedule your consultation today!