If you are having problems with your teeth like crowding, crooked teeth, or teeth that are out of alignment, then your dentist might recommend you getting Dental Braces or Teeth Braces.
Many of us get braces during our teenage years as adults too. as we use them, they slowly straighten and align our teeth so that we can have a normal bite. Sometimes, people get them to adust their smile.
Many times, general dentists can do basic alignment of your teeth however, you need to visit an orthodontist who specializes in correcting the teeth.
This is orthodontic treatment. These are devices, that align and straighten teeth and help them position them with regard to your bite. However, aiming for better dental health, they also fix gaps between the teeth. Dentists often use them to treat underbite, open bites, deep bites, crossbites, crooked teeth, and various other flaws of your teeth and jaw.
They can either be cosmetic or structural. However, they can be used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances as well to help widen the palate of the jaw and to otherwise assist in shaping the teeth and jaw. Moreover, this is a long-term treatment to align your teeth.
If you have crooked teeth or misaligned teeth then there are plenty of other options as well like retainers, braces that are custom made, removable or fixed tools that will cover the outside of your teeth and help teeth move and bring them back to normal position.
Your dentist or orthodontist will ask you a few questions about your health, do a physical examination of your mouth and teeth, take a digital scan, Digital Impressions, and other x-rays of your mouth and head.
They will come up with a treatment plan and discuss with you the possible outcomes, and the results along with the time you might need.
You might need removable retainers, however, if you have overbite or underbite, you could need surgery. But most often to move teeth people need only braces.
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Types of Braces
If your dentist recommends dental braces and it is the only treatment option for you then they will discuss with you different options for braces. these braces may consist of bands, wires, or other corrective appliances.
Let us discuss the types of Braces:
Metal or Traditional Braces: These are traditional metal braces, made of metals and include brackets that your dentist will attach to the front of your teeth.
These bands will fit around each tooth as well as flexible wires or archwires that bold the metal brackets or wires in place. However, some of these braces may also include rubber bands or metal ties that link the brackets to wires.
Ceramic Braces: The bracket that is used in traditional braces is also made in your tooth-colored ceramic so that they are not much noticeable. they can either be made with stainless steel, clear materials, or gold.
Lingual Braces: Your dentist will attach the bracket to the back of your teeth, facing your tongue. These are, however, hard to see.
Clear Aligners: These are also termed Invisible Braces or Invisalign. These are like plastic trays that fit onto your teeth and gently put pressure on them. As a result, the position of your teeth changes and they slowly move back to the position you desire.
You can easily remove the aligners while you eat, brush and floss your teeth, however, you need to put them on for at least 22 hours a day. Your orthodontist can also attach a tooth-color attachment onto your teeth to hold the aligners in place.
How Do They Work?
Dental braces work by putting pressure on your teeth over a period of time thereby slowly moving in a specific direction. The bones under your teeth change their shapes as well.
Braces are made of the following things:
Brackets are made of small squares that fix onto your teeth. Your dentist will use a special bonding agent to attach them with orthodontic bands. However, brackets act like handles that hold are the archwires that move your teeth.
There are a number of types of brackets. These are of stainless steel, ceramics, plastic, or metal brackets. However, sometimes your dentist can cement the braces on the back of your teeth to hide them from view.
Orthodontic bands are stainless steel, clear of the same color as your teeth which your dentist will cement on them. they wrap around each tooth to provide an anchor for the brackets.
Clear or your tooth color is better to use however they can be more costly than stainless steel.
Spacers fit between your teeth to create small spaces for the bands, while archwires attach to the brackets and act as tracks to guide the movement of your teeth.
Ties are like rubber wings that fasten the archwire to the brackets and are made of clear, metal, or colored. A Buccal Tube on the band holds the ends of the archwire.
You’re orthodontic may springs to archwires to push, pull, open or close the spaces between your teeth. While elastic or rubber bands attach to the hooks on the brackets and go between your upper and lower teeth.
These apply pressure to move your upper teeth against lower teeth to achieve a perfect fit.
With new and advancements in technology, mini braces are now available in the market which is smaller than traditional braces. Another method you can use to straighten your teeth is to use removable plastic retainers.
Discuss with your orthodontics about the various types and figure out which option best suits you.
Treatment of Teeth Braces
It can take up to a month or so in order to make sure that your braces are putting steady pressure on your teeth. They will adjust the wires, springs, or rubber bands to create enough pressure and tension in your teeth.
You will need to have braces on your teeth for 1-3 years and it depends on the movement of your teeth and the condition of your teeth and gums. Moreover, after the removal of braces, you will need to wear a retainer to ensure effectiveness and long-term treatment.
However, in some cases, braces are not enough. our orthodontist will recommend headgear instead.
How Long will You Need to Wear Braces?
The time to straighten your teeth depends on one person to another. However, it depends on:
- the severity of your problem
- amount of room inside your mouth
- distance your teeth needs to travel
- the health of your gums, teeth, and jaw bone
- following the instructions
On average, it takes 1 to 3 years for them to stay. After removing the braces, you might want to put retainers for at least 6 months. Afterward, you can use them while you are asleep but you may need to do it for many years.
Will Braces be Painful?
You need to have some adjustments in your mouth so that your orthodontist can fix the teeth’ braces onto them. Your mouth might feel or uncomfortable at first. However, some OTC medications can help like ibuprofen.
In case you have a lot of pain after each adjustment, tell it immediately to your dentist. They will adjust them differently so that you feel less pain.
Cost of Braces
The amount or cost of braces depends on the provider and on the services of an orthodontist. It also depends on whether a child or an adult is getting the.
Most orthodontist offers a payment plan to make the price easier to afford. You can contact us as well to know more about our prices.
How Fast do Braces Work?
The length of treatment varies from one person to another. Some people might need to wear them for at least 3 years. By making sure that you follow the instructions of our orthodontist very carefully, you can easily ensure wearing the braces for a shorter period of time.
You will need to avoid certain foods after you get braces as certain food items can easily trap within the braces and your gumlines and can therefore cause discomfort.
These food are hard candy, popcorn, and chewing gum. Brush your teeth as instructed by your dentist to maintain dental and oral health.
Your teeth are more inclined toward food traps after you get braces. Be very careful of how often you consume sugary beverages and starchy foods that can cause damage to the tooth enamel. This can lead to Tooth Cavities and cause complications in your mouth.
You will need to visit your orthodontist every 8 or 10 weeks for adjustment of your braces. They will check your teeth to make sure you are maintaining your oral and dental health.
Cleaning your Teeth
It is important to take care of your oral and dental health after you get braces. Brushing will keep the food from becoming lodged in between your braces and your teeth.
Special Floss is available in the market and makes sure to use them twice around your braces in a day. You might want to buy special floss like Waterpik flosser that can navigate easily around your braces and help reach the areas that are hard to clean.
You can also use traditional floss thread to clean your teeth. This type of floss will help you clean behind the braces wire easily.
However, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist for cleaning your teeth after every six months to a year.
For some people, flossing can be painful. Unhealthy gums can bleed and feel swollen when you start flossing, however, the gums will be healthier, and flossing with no longer hurt over time.
While our gums are sensitive, you might want to use dental tape. it is thinner than a typical floss and wider than a ribbon. It helps it glide between your teeth more easily. You can use it the same way as dental floss.
Your teeth need to be in a specific position so that you do not have issues with your bite, have crooked or crowded teeth which can cause complications over time.
The braces are getting popular not only with adults but also with growing children and show no signs of slowing down. Technology offers a variety of lifestyles and strategies for having a better and effective treatment.