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What To Know About Braces

Braces can transform your smile by correcting a wide range of orthodontic issues. Crooked teeth can be straightened, spacing can be improved between overlapping teeth, and gaps between teeth can be closed. Additionally, braces can also correct misaligned bites, including underbites, overbites, and crossbites. We offer several types of braces at Melton Dental in Helena, MT where our experienced dentist, Dr. Sean Melton, can recommend a type best suited to your needs.

Types of Braces

Several types of braces are available at our office in Helena. One of the most commonly utilized types is traditional braces. These braces consist of metal or ceramic brackets that are affixed to the front of the teeth. Bands are placed around molars and wires connect the brackets and bands together. Traditional braces move the teeth by gently exerting pressure on them so they gradually move in the desired direction.

Fast Braces

An alternative to traditional braces is an orthodontic treatment known as fast braces. They are similar to traditional braces in several ways, but can usually straighten your smile faster. Traditional braces work by first moving the teeth, then the roots. Fast braces work by moving the teeth and roots simultaneously so you can enjoy a straighter smile in a shorter amount of time.

Some features that set fast braces apart include a shorter treatment period, the use of only one wire, less discomfort, and quicker stabilization of the teeth after moving into their new position. Additionally, it is not uncommon for patients to have certain teeth extracted prior to getting traditional braces but this is usually not necessary with fast braces.


Another option for correcting orthodontic issues is Myobraces. This treatment method works by addressing the underlying causes of such problems as crooked teeth and poor jaw development. Myobraces can be used for children, teens, and adults. For young people, it can prevent them from ever having to wear regular braces. With Myobraces, patients wear an oral appliance that resembles a mouthguard for just a few hours a day while sleeping. 

Caring for Your Smile with Braces

Developing good oral habits and an effective hygiene routine is always important, but even more so when you have braces. Food can be more easily caught in braces and other orthodontic appliances, and brushing and flossing can also be more challenging. Additionally, extra care must be taken to avoid damaging your braces. Some tips for caring for your smile and your braces include:

  • Avoid eating sticky or hard foods that could damage the braces
  • Avoid biting fingernails, chewing on pen caps, and similar habits
  • Wear a mouthguard when playing sports to prevent damage to braces
  • Use a water pick for a more thorough cleaning 
  • Use a floss threader for flossing between teeth
  • Use an interdental toothbrush to thoroughly clean around braces

Several types of braces are available to help you achieve a straighter smile. Dr. Melton can recommend the right one for your needs and explain everything you need to know about having braces. Schedule a consolation to learn more about braces by calling Melton Dental in Helena, MT at (406) 443-1419.

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