Drs. Terence Lau and Casey Lau offer traditional braces at Mid-Valley Dental Care to gently correct the positions of your teeth and provide you with a healthier, more functional bite. Please call us at (818) 886-3500 to make your appointment with our dentists and learn more about braces in Northridge, California.
Traditional metal braces are the most common and well-known orthodontic treatment. They consist of metal brackets and wires and rubber bands that are attached to your teeth to gently and steadily realign your dental arch for a healthier, more attractive, and more functional bite. You will visit Mid-Valley Dental Care periodically to have the braces tightened so that they continue to guide your teeth into proper postion.
Not only will braces make your smile more attractive, but they can correct a variety of alignment issues in the jaws and teeth, including crooked, gapped, or overcrowded teeth and a bad bite. Misaligned teeth are at a higher risk of poor oral hygiene and tooth decay.
Drs. Terence and Casey Lau offer braces for all ages, including adults, and are pleased to offer additional orthodontic treatments such as Iinvisalign® and Invisalign Teen® for patients who wish to have a more discreet treatment. During your initial orthodontic consultation, our dentists will explain the benefits of each type of braces and determine which course of treatment will offer the most benefits to your smile.
How do I care for my braces?
- Be vigilant in your oral care routines. Braces make it easy for food particles and bacteria to get stuck in your smile. It is important to brush and floss thoroughly at least twice a day. Floss gently by threading the floss between the wire and the tooth and carefully working it back and forth.
- Avoid hard, sticky, and crunchy foods. These can get stuck in your braces or even cause damage to the brackets and wires. Foods to avoid include popcorn, caramel, whole apples, corn on the cob, pretzels, and gummy candy.
- Do not chew on pens, ice, or other hard objects.
- Wear a mouth guard if you play a sport to avoid causing damage to your braces or cutting your lip or cheeks on the metal wires.
- If a bracket or wire comes loose, contact our office to have it adjusted.
- You can use dental wax to provide a temporary solution until you are able to see our dentists.
- Visit the dentist for regular cleanings and for your scheduled adjustments. Staying current with your visits will keep your treatment time on schedule and allow you to enjoy your metal-free smile sooner.
If you are considering braces and would like to learn more about this treatment, contact our office today.