Traditional Braces – Pleasanton, CA

Improving the Look, Health, and Function of Smiles

Closeup of child with traditional braces smiling

If your child is struggling with crooked teeth, an open bite, or another orthodontic problem, more than just their self-esteem is on the line. After all, issues like these can make it difficult to chew properly and enunciate clearly too. The good news is that our dedicated team at Main Street Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics has a solution: traditional braces. If you want to learn more about this teeth-straightening treatment, you’re more than welcome to schedule an appointment with us or read on.

Why Choose Main Street Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics for Traditional Braces?

  • Children of All Ages Welcome
  • Fun and Comfortable Dental Office
  • Multiple Financial Solutions

How Do Traditional Braces Work?

Dentist examining child's braces

Simply put, traditional braces use strategically placed brackets and wires to address overbites, overcrowding, and other orthodontic problems. Every four weeks or so, your child will come into our office so we can adjust their braces, ensuring continuous, gentle pressure is applied to their teeth. Week by week and month by month, you’ll notice their smile getting straighter and straighter!

What Orthodontic Issues Can Braces Fix? 

Child with traditional braces smiling in classroom

One of the many reasons traditional braces continue to be so popular is because they can address both mild and severe cases of malocclusion. Here are some specific examples of orthodontic problems this teeth-straightening treatment can fix:

Bite Misalignment

If your child’s bite isn’t aligned properly, they can have difficulty eating, speaking, and even sleeping comfortably due to jaw pain. Plus, there is the risk of premature wear and tear as well. That’s why it’s important to explore your orthodontic treatment options, like traditional braces, if your child has a crossbite, overbite, underbite, or open bite.

Crowded & Crooked Teeth

If there isn’t enough room in your child’s mouth, then their teeth will start to crowd together and overlap. In addition to the aesthetic downsides, this creates unique crevices that are difficult to clean with their toothbrush and floss. In short, traditional braces will improve the look and health of your little one’s smile.

Gapped Teeth

Even if your child embraces the gaps between their teeth, it’s important to consider orthodontic treatment. After all, the spaces can trap food particles, plaque, and other debris that are difficult to remove. The good news is that traditional braces can guide your child’s teeth into their proper positions gently, improving their self-esteem and oral health in the process.

Caring for Your Braces

Teen brushing her teeth in bathroom at home

To keep your child’s smile healthy and prevent orthodontic emergencies, like a broken wire, they need to:

  • Follow the dietary guidelines provided by our team, like keeping added sugar to a minimum and avoiding crunchy, hard, and sticky foods.
  • Wear a mouthguard during sports.
  • Quit unhealthy habits, such as chewing on ice or biting their nails.
  • Commit to a solid oral hygiene regimen, including brushing for a full two minutes after each meal.
  • Prioritize your adjustment appointments at our office.