Do you have a crooked smile? Do you have an underbite or an overbite? Dr. Sweeney and Dr. Utterback may recommend braces in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Correcting a bite problem or crooked teeth not only gives you a great looking smile, it results in a healthier mouth. Not correcting an abnormal bite can cause dental problems including:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth loss
  • Affected speech and/or chewing
  • Wear to tooth enamel
  • Jaw issues

Braces straighten your smile by applying pressure to your teeth to slowly move them to their desired positions. Braces are made of several components. Brackets, small squares that are bonded to the front of each tooth, are attached to orthodontic bands. Brackets hold the arch wires that move your teeth. Orthodontic bands wrap around each tooth, providing an anchor for the brackets. Arch wires attach to the brackets and guide the movement of your teeth. Ligatures, tiny rubber bands, attach the arch wires to the brackets. The amount of time braces are worn vary from patient to patient. Generally, they are worn from one to three years.

Feel free to contact Sweeney Utterback Dentistry today to learn more and to schedule your next visit with our dentists.