Do you hear the expression “Tinsel Teeth” anymore? It used to be a common phrase used for someone who had braces (or orthodontia if you like big words).
Dental braces are used to straighten and align your teeth. Dental specialists called orthodontists are the ones who usually do braces.
Today, you have several options. Traditional braces bond a metal bracket to the front of your tooth. White brackets or clear brackets are also available for those who want to try to camouflage the bracket. There is even a system that puts the brackets on the inside of your teeth (though I’ve never seen it used). Some newer systems use a series of clear plastic aligners rather than the traditional brackets and wires.
In some cases, for cosmetic work, teeth need to be moved to a new position or space created or evened out between teeth. Orthodontics is the only way to move teeth. (Sometimes cosmetic dentistry can create the illusion of nice, even teeth from certain angles, but, as with all illusions, there are times that the illusion is broken.)
In most cases, if you want braces, you can go right to an orthodontist—though if you do not have a general dentist, the orthodontist might send you to one for a check up and cleaning before the braces are put on. (Some insurances do require a referral from your general dentist for the braces to be covered.)
Dr. Jennifer Robb is a general dentist currently located at 1612 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Lorain, OH but moving to 1320 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Lorain, OH 44053 soon! She does not do braces, but she is accepting new patients for other types of dental care. Call 440-960-1940 to reserve your time today! You can also contact Dr. Robb through her website at www.drjrobb.com or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DrJenniferRobb