Braces Specialist

Beautiful Dentistry

Family, Implant & Cosmetic Dentist located in Tempe, AZ

A properly aligned smile does more than look great; it also has many benefits for your oral health. If you’d like to straighten your smile, schedule a visit with Martin Sobieraj, DMD, MS, FAGD, at Beautiful Dentistry. From his state-of-the-art clinic in Tempe, Arizona, Dr. Sobieraj can use braces to give you the beautiful and healthy smile you’ve always dreamed of. Book your visit today by calling the office or by scheduling an appointment online.

Braces Q & A

What are braces?

Braces are a semi-permanent orthodontic appliance that straightens your teeth and gets your jaw into proper alignment.

They’re composed of brackets, rubber bands, and an archwire. The rubber bands hold the archwire in place on the brackets, which Dr. Sobieraj seals to the front sides of your teeth. The archwire exerts a small but constant degree of pressure on the brackets, which causes your teeth to shift towards their target alignment gradually. 

Braces have seen significant technological improvements in recent years. Today’s braces are much more comfortable and discreet than they used to be and are even more effective at straightening your teeth and jaw.

What conditions do braces treat?

Braces effectively treat a wide range of orthodontic conditions, including:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Widely spaced teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Open bite
  • Crossbite
  • Underbite
  • Overbite

Many patients also choose to get braces for cosmetic purposes, like general teeth straightening and to improve their smiles.

Why should I straighten my teeth?

A smile full of properly aligned teeth is more cosmetically appealing, but straight teeth and an aligned jaw also improves your overall oral health.

Crooked and crowded teeth are harder to keep clean, which makes them more likely to harbor plaque and debris. This puts you at a higher risk of developing several oral conditions, including tooth decay and gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss amongst adults. 

A properly aligned jaw also does a better job at evenly distributing the biting force in your smile, which makes your teeth less susceptible to excessive wear and tear.

What’s involved with getting braces?

Your journey towards a straighter smile with braces begins with a consultation at Beautiful Dentistry. If Dr. Sobieraj thinks that your smile would benefit from braces, he takes photographs, X-rays, and an impression of your teeth to make a mold of your smile.

After your dentist seals your brackets to your teeth, he secures and tightens your archwire and sends you on your way. You come back to the office every four to eight weeks to have your archwire tightened as your teeth progressively move into alignment. 

The total length of your treatment time varies depending on the condition of your smile, but on average, it takes 1-3 years for braces to move your teeth into proper alignment. After you’ve completed your braces treatment, Dr. Sobieraj gives you a retainer to wear in order to maintain your hard-earned results and a beautiful smile.

Get started with your straightening treatment by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Sobieraj at Beautiful Dentistry today. Call the office or book an appointment online.