It might come to you as a surprise, but over 10% of the U.S. population wears braces – and a quarter of those people are adults! Braces aren’t just for teenagers, they’re for anyone who is ready to have a straight smile and healthy bite.

What are Braces?

Traditional braces are wire-based appliances use to correct misaligned teeth or jaws. They work by making incremental adjustments and tightening overtime to bring your teeth to the desired alignment or shape. Since every smile is different, the amount of time and adjustments will vary depending on the need of each patient.

Do You Need Braces?

You might be a candidate for braces if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Crooked Teeth
  • Overcrowded Teeth
  • Too much space between your teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite

Types of Braces

Braces have changed over time and modern technology has allowed dentist to provide patients with more variability than ever before. Each option depends on a patient’s specific situation and preference and your dentist will discuss what options are best suited for you. The selections include:

Metal Braces

These are the metal brackets that we are all familiar with. New technology has made them less noticeable and work more efficiently than in the past.

Ceramic Braces

These are similar in size to metal braces, but they resemble the color of your teeth which makes them less noticeable.

Lingual Braces

This variation of braces also use metal brackets, except they are placed behind and on the inside of the teeth, making them invisible from the outside.


Want to Enjoy a Straight, Beautiful Smile


Having a smile you’re proud to show off improves your confidence and self-esteem. If you want to feel liberated when you smile, contact Watsonville Dental for your braces treatment.

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