Traditional Braces Specialist

Hunt Orthodontics

Orthodontist located in Norton Shores, MI, N. Muskegon, MI & Fremont, MI

The American Association of Orthodontists estimates that approximately 4 million Americans are currently wearing braces. If you or your child have crooked, crowded, or missing teeth, traditional braces can restore your smile and confidence. At Hunt Orthodontics, Todd Hunt, DDS, and his team offer patients access to a variety of orthodontic treatments, including traditional braces. With three locations in Muskegon, North Muskegon, and Fremont, Michigan, access is easy. To learn more about your options for braces, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.

Traditional Braces Q & A

Who can benefit from traditional braces?

Anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of their smile as a result of crooked or poorly spaced teeth can benefit from traditional braces. 

The best way to determine whether you’re a good candidate is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hunt. Following a comprehensive oral exam and review of your medical history, he can make recommendations that align with your goals. 

What types of issues can braces correct?

Traditional braces are incredibly versatile. At Hunt Orthodontics, Dr. Hunt uses them to correct a variety of issues, including:

  • Overlapping teeth
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Malocclusion or “bad bite”

Traditional braces can also correct issues such as overbite and underbite. 

What is the process for having braces put on?

Getting braces usually takes two appointments. At your first appointment, Dr. Hunt performs a comprehensive oral exam and takes X-rays of your mouth. He then uses this information to tailor an orthodontic treatment plan based on your mouth’s unique structure.

During your second appointment, Dr. Hunt polishes your teeth and applies a priming agent for the adhesive. Once the priming agent dries, he uses a medical grade bonding glue to attach a series of brackets to your teeth. 

Finally, he places the wires and secures the rubber bands in place. The entire process usually takes less than 90 minutes and is relatively pain-free.

How long will I need to wear braces?

The length of time you’ll need to wear your braces depends on the condition of your teeth and your aesthetic goals. Most patients wear traditional braces an average of between one and three years. Be patient and follow Dr. Hunt’s instructions as carefully as possible. 

Do braces hurt?

Thanks to modern treatment techniques, traditional braces are safe and generally well-tolerated. However, in the days after their initial application, it’s perfectly normal for your teeth and jaws to feel sore or swollen. Taking an over-the-counter painkiller and eating soft foods should provide relief.

How do I care for my braces?

If you’re wearing braces, it’s crucial that you practice good oral hygiene. Dr. Hunt recommends you brush and floss twice a day and visit your dentist once every six months for a professional cleaning and exam. 

In the early stages of your orthodontic treatment, Dr. Hunt may schedule a series of follow-up appointments. To achieve the best possible results, it’s important you attend all of them. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of traditional braces, call Hunt Orthodontics or schedule an appointment online today.