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Traditional Braces – Conway, SC

A Proven Way to Straighten Out Smiles

Traditional braces are often the first image that comes to mind when someone thinks of orthodontics. Over the decades, this common treatment has proven itself time and time again to be an effective way to address a range of dental alignment issues. If you believe you or your child could benefit from having straighter teeth, contact our Conway office to schedule a consultation. We’ll be happy to work with you every step of the way.

Why Choose American Dental Care for Traditional Braces?

  • Experienced and Compassionate Dentist
  • Effective Even in Complex Cases
  • Financing Options Available

How Do Traditional Braces Work?

Smile with traditional braces

Misaligned teeth can lead to problems like difficulty with oral hygiene, dental injuries due to uneven chewing pressure, or even headaches, backaches, or neck pain. Traditional braces work by using an archwire to exert pressure on the teeth through brackets cemented to them. This slowly shifts the teeth into more optimal positions, and you’ll come back to the office so our team can make sure your treatment is going smoothly every six to eight weeks. Treatment usually takes between twelve months and several years and can leave you with a healthier and more beautiful smile.

What Orthodontic Issues Can Braces Fix?

Illustration of alignment issues

During your consultation, Dr. Murph will determine if you are a good candidate for traditional braces and how to design your treatment so it addresses any orthodontic issues you have. Braces can treat problems like:

Bite Misalignment


Alignment issues like overbites, underbites, and crossbites can result from the jaws not coming together properly, and they can lead to teeth grinding, TMJ dysfunction, or make it difficult to eat, speak, or practice oral hygiene. By shifting the teeth into better alignment, braces can prevent head, neck, and back pain as well as oral health issues like tooth decay.

Crowded & Crooked Teeth

Crowded teeth

Crowded or crooked teeth can be harder to brush and floss, which can make them more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. By shifting teeth into more optimal positions, braces can allow a patient to achieve a more beautiful smile that is easier to clean.

Gapped Teeth

Gapped teeth?

Many people are frustrated by the gaps between their teeth, and these spaces can often expose the gum tissue to irritating food debris. Addressing this issue with traditional braces can help you achieve a more visually pleasing smile while preventing gum disease and injuries.

Caring for Your Braces

Hand reaches for toothbrush

It’s important to keep your teeth and gums in good health while wearing traditional braces. While getting used to your new oral hygiene regimen can take some time, it will eventually become second nature. A few tips to remember include:

  • Continue practicing excellent daily oral hygiene that includes brushing, flossing, and using antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Use special floss products to keep the area under your braces clean
  • Stay away from foods and beverages that are hard, sticky, or sugary
  • Never chew on non-food items like ice, pencils, paperclips, or erasers
  • See your dentist every six months for a routine exam and cleaning