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1541 North Palm Avenue
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
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Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are available at this Pembroke Pines, FL dental practice

 With so many teeth straightening systems available online, is there still need for traditional braces from a trained professional? Absolutely. At Pines Dental Associates in Pembroke Pines, FL, you get the benefit of 25 years of clinical experience from Dr. Milton Ruiz, plus the convenience of a trusted orthodontist on-site regularly.

How traditional metal braces move teeth

Ceramic braces with metal wire apply carefully calculated pressure to teeth at precise points. The force compresses the periodontal ligament on one side of the tooth and creates minute space on the other side. In response to positive pressure, cells called osteoclasts reduce bone, while osteoblasts simultaneously build new bone on the negative pressure side. Controlled bone remodeling shifts and stabilizes teeth without compromising oral health.

When traditional braces may be best for Pembroke Pines, FL patients

Traditional orthodontics can create room for crowded teeth and correct bite problems such as:

  • Protrusion – “Buck teeth” are upper teeth that extend too far forward, past the lowers.
  • Crowding – When teeth do not have enough room in the arch they tend to overlap, forming crevices that contribute to tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Spacing issues – Poorly spaced teeth with gaps between can also cause hygiene and bite problems.
  • Underbite – Bottom jaw extends too far forward, placing lower teeth in front of uppers.
  • Overbite – A “gummy smile” may be the result of upper teeth that reach too far over lower teeth.
  • Crossbite – When upper teeth sit inside lowers, you may have to move the jaw forward or to the side to close the mouth. In children, crossbite impacts jaw development, and in adults may cause facial asymmetry.
  • Open bite – Seen when upper and lower teeth do not overlap. This can be a result of thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.
  • Mismatched midline – When the center of front and lower arches does not match up, it can be a sign of jaw misalignment.

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How do braces work?

Your teeth are not fused to your bone. They are suspended inside your gum and bones and are surrounded by the periodontal ligament (PDL), which enables your teeth to move. Braces use gentle force in one direction, compressing the PDL on one side and stretching it on the other. The bone reabsorbs on the compressed side while growing on the other side. So, the moving of your teeth is a result of simultaneous bone loss and creation.

How do I know if I need braces?

This depends on the structure of your mouth and teeth and your smile goals. You must visit your dentist/orthodontist, who will thoroughly examine your mouth and decide if braces can help you achieve your smile goals.

For how long do I have to wear braces?

On average, it may take one to three years, but the time duration could be longer or shorter depending on individual circumstances. These include the crookedness of your teeth, your bite, type of braces and other tools required, diet, and lifestyle.

What are the benefits of braces?

* They align your teeth, giving a beautiful smile and a healthy bite.
* They help you chew and swallow properly.
* They prevent the development of cavities, gum disease, and jaw alignment issues like TMD.
* They prevent or improve misalignment-related speech impediments.
* They improve self-confidence.

What foods should you eat and avoid while wearing braces?

Soft foods cut into small pieces are recommended. It is better to avoid chewy, crunchy, sticky, sugary, hard foods and foods you must bite into, like corn-on-the-cob, during this period.

Dr. Milton Ruiz, Pines Dental Associates

Dr. Milton Ruiz believes everyone should be able to attain excellent oral health, and his mission is to provide the highest quality care at the most affordable cost to all his patients. Dr. Ruiz is a general dentist with over 25 years of expertise who graduated from Tufts Dental School in Boston.

Dr. Ruiz has completed over 500 hours of continuing education in his decades of practice to keep current on new technology and improvements in dentistry. He is skilled in all aspects of dentistry, including cosmetic dentistry, root canal therapy, sleep apnea therapy, orthodontics, Invisalign certification, Oral Conscious Sedation, and restorative dentistry. You can rely on him to make your dental visit as comfortable as possible.

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