Orthodontic Dentistry

Orthodontic Dentistry

Dental Braces to Correct Crooked Teeth

Orthodontic DentistryIf you are someone with crooked teeth that you have always prefer to straighten out for a youthful and more attractive smile, wearing dental braces is the best option.

These days, Dental braces have come up with more comfort and convenient without sacrificing your style. Teeth braces have evolved so much that one cannot recognize or see them at all!!

The societal stress to have a perfect smile with straight teeth is strong undoubtedly. Most people desire to have their teeth aligned including teens, adults and children with the help of most popular method, Braces.

What are Dental Braces?

Dental braces are restorative appliances that use wires to align overcrowded and misaligned teeth or jaws. Braces are applied for uneven teeth, spaces between teeth, when the top front teeth extended beyond bottom teeth and other out of alignment issues. The primary function of braces is to fix these issues gradually so that you can get a more assurance smile.

Dental technology has fetched us to an exciting time with regards to teeth braces. There are several types of braces available including:

Metal Braces:

Metal braces are most commonly used braces that use a thin wire to hold in place with the use of rubber bands to keep pressure on teeth and move them to desired place.

Ceramic Braces:

Ceramic braces are not as visible as metal braces and cost more than stainless steel versions as they blend in with the teeth. They look great and can choose between white metal ties or elastic ties to hold the braces in place.

Lingual braces:

Lingual braces are customized and attached behind the teeth so that they are invisible when you smile. They cost more than metal and ceramic braces as the process of fixing is complicated.

Invisalign Braces:

Invisible such as invisalign braces are made of molds and even removable while brushing and flossing. These are best for those who are without great dental problems.

Very few people are lucky enough to have a stunning smile! Good candidates for wearing braces are those who have good oral hygiene and healthy teeth and gums.

Are you not happy with your teeth when you smile? Then you are the good candidate for braces. Some of the misaligned issues that make you good candidate for braces include:

  • You have too many or large teeth
  • You have a problem with bite
  • Spacing between teeth is irregular
  • One or more teeth are out of place in your mouth
  • More confident and attractive smile
  • Maintains proper tooth relationship to allow effective chewing, digestion as well as speech.
  • Reduces the risk of injury to protruding top front teeth
  • Better functions of the teeth
  • Eliminate the need to missing teeth replacement
  • Corrects improper jaw relationships and eliminates the pressure on teeth, chewing muscles and supporting gum and bone tissues.
  • Let you to brush and floss your teeth routinely for better periodontal health
  • Consists of comfortable and smooth plastic instead of sharp metal which is more likely to irritate your gums and cheeks.

When you are thinking to have orthodontic braces, there are always so many questions. These FAQs attempts to answer some of the most common questions.

1. How long I should wear braces?
The time frame for your treatment varies from person to person. Age, height and how well a patient compiles may cause the patient treatment time to vary. A full orthodontic treatment ranges from 12-24 months on an average.

2. What is the appropriate age to start the orthodontic treatment?
Braces can make your smiles more dazzling and stunning at any age. Children at age 7 are well-suited to have braces.

3. Will I be able to play sports while wearing braces?
Yes, but it is advised to wear mouth guards in order to avoid any injuries and damaging to your mouth, teeth and braces.

4. Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?
No, they will not. The space available for front teeth cannot increase as you grow.

5. Will I need to have tooth extracted for braces?
Removing permanent teeth is required sometimes to achieve best orthodontic treatment. However, because new technology has been provided advanced orthodontic procedures, tooth extraction is not always necessary.

6. Am I able to talk while wearing braces?
Standard and advanced braces do not affect your speech or voice. In some cases, the dentist need to custom an appliance which could get in the way of your mouth and tongue. You might experience trouble talking for one or two days. Later your tongue gets adjusted and you will be able to talk clearly.

7. Do braces hurt?
A little pain or discomfort is expected but you will be provided with over-the-counter medicines to reduce pain after getting braces for 48 hours.

8. Can I eat with braces?
Yes! You can eat good things that you can eat now. The only problem is your mouth experience soreness after you first wear braces. So, for the first week, you are advised to eat softer foods. Chewing gums are not recommended as they pull off braces.

9. Will I still need dental checkups?
Yes, it is more important to have regular dental checkups as it helps your orthodontists to ensure your teeth stay clean and healthy.

10. What is the cost involved for treatment?
Cost varies depending on what type of dental issues the patient faces and the treatment plan selected. You will be wondering at the treatment options available! Make an initial consultation with your dentist to get an estimate and finalize the treatment plan.