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Traditional Orthodontics in Falls Church

Say the word, “braces,” and most people know exactly what you’re talking about and a clear image comes to mind. However, traditional metal braces are smaller and slimmer than those in past years. And because they are ideal for treating all types of orthodontic cases, Dr. Berrada frequently recommends them for both her youth and adult patients.

Metal braces consist of stainless steel brackets and special orthodontic wires. The brackets are adhesively bonded to the front of your teeth. Each one of these brackets has an edge, which we call a wing. To hold the orthodontic wire in place, metal or elastic bands are tied around the wings. It’s those wires that actually make your teeth move—the brackets merely hold the wire firmly against each tooth. As you progress through your orthodontic treatment, Dr. Berrada—who completed a post-graduate program in orthodontics at New York University—will change out the wires in order to straighten your teeth. To do this, and to make any other necessary adjustments, Dr. Berrada sees patients in the office every few weeks during treatment.

For residents of Falls Church, traditional braces are a durable and cost-effective option. For this reason, they are the most popular choice for children and teens, but they can be equally appropriate for adults, too. This tried-and-true orthodontic system can be used to correct an array of problems, including:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Bite misalignment, or malocclusion
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Cross bites

Because metal braces today are smaller and sleeker, there is usually only mild irritation to cheeks or gums at the start of treatment. However, in a short time, the inside of your mouth toughens. In the meantime, we’ll give you or your child wax that can be pressed onto the brackets to alleviate any discomfort.

Tradition braces today have an element of fun, too. The elastics that hold the arch wires in place come in a rainbow of colors. Children can alter the colors of their braces at each one of their appointments. They can choose their favorite colors or support their school or team. Elastics also come in silver and white for adults who want their braces to have a more discreet appearance.

Do you need help straightening your smile? Contact your Falls Church orthodontist today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Berrada.