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All You Need To Know About Braces

If you are considering to get braces, you are likely to have some doubts and concerns. Knowing what to anticipate will make the procedure less stressful, allowing you to focus on the result. Braces are generally associated with teenagers, but there isn’t any age limit to get orthodontic treatment. Fixing misalignment of your teeth improves your oral health and will have a positive impact on your self-esteem. Aligned teeth are simpler to clean, and the happy you are with your smile, the more motivated you are to maintain it by regular brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist. The ultimate way to get customized solutions to your problems is to ask your orthodontist, but you may haven’t quite made it that far yet. Here are some details about braces.

How Do Braces Work?

Braces apply steady pressure to your teeth to gradually move them into alignment. They are placed using Brackets and wires that work together to apply pressure and create a biochemical response in the periodontal membrane. This “Remodeling” happens once the stimulation placed on the bone and tissue results in generation and growth of new cells, thus shifting the teeth position.

What Are The Components of Braces?

  1. Brackets – These are tiny squares attached to the front of every tooth using a special type of glue. At times they may be attached to orthodontic bands instead of the teeth. These brackets work like handles and support the wires that shift the teeth. brackets are made from white ceramic or plastic or stainless steel as well, so they can blend well with the tooth, and be less visible. Brackets can also be attached on the back of the teeth to make them less noticeable.
  2. Bands – These are wrapped around every tooth to make an anchor point for the brackets. Bands are usually made from stainless steel or clear materials. Stainless steel bands are affordable, while clear bands are expensive. Bands may not always be required.
  3. Spacers – These are fitted between teeth to create small gaps before the placement of bands.
  4. Archwires – These are attached to the brackets and help in aligning the teeth. They are made up of clear or white materials, or metal in some cases.
  5. Ties – These are small rings or wires that are used to connect archwires to brackets.
  6. Springs – These are at times positioned on the archwires in between the brackets to ensure controlled adjustments to the teeth spacing and placement.

How Long Does The Treatment Last?

The total time the braces may take to do their job may vary from case to case. The progress relies on the level of misalignment, the overall oral health, and how carefully you follow your orthodontist’s instructions. For many people, the treatment lasts between 1 to 3 years. Post taking off the braces, you have to wear a retainer for about six months, so you can maintain the results.

How To Keep Treatment on Track?

You have to visit your orthodontist once a month to ensure that the braces are applying the right amount of pressure. Too much pressure can harm your gums and jawbone, while too less pressure will not give you the desired results. During your regular visits, you can expect the orthodontist to make tiny adjustments to the various components of the braces. You may also be advised to wear headgear during the evening or at night to support the braces if the braces cannot achieve the desired result alone.

Cleaning your teeth and freeing them from plaque-causing bacteria may be difficult with braces. Hence, regular visits to the orthodontist will allow them to perform effective cleaning and keep your gums and bone healthy.

Are Braces Painful?

Braces may initially lead to general soreness as your bite adjusts. The interior of your cheeks and gums may also feel irritated at the start. The discomfort is normally minor and a pain killer can work. Braces wax may also be applied to areas where the metal causes abrasions or sores. You must experience little pain during the treatment with braces, and this can be reduced with careful adjustments by your orthodontist.

Situation After Braces

Once braces are removed, your teeth require cleaning to get rid of the glue residue. The cleaning is done by your orthodontist. x-rays and bite impressions will be taken to see how well the treatment go and make sure all your teeth have been set in the desired position.

If you have wisdom teeth and they break during the treatment, Your orthodontist may suggest removing them. It is important to get rid of wisdom teeth as they can significantly change the placement of your teeth and the jawbone and reverse all the work that was completed successfully.

Next, you can expect to have a retainer. Wearing your retainer is essential as it helps to maintain the alignment of your teeth. This is an important phase of the treatment as A retainer will help in keeping your new alignment in place and continue making minor corrections. If you don’t wear your retainers regularly, your teeth may shift out of alignment and get back to their old position. It is also crucial to maintain your retainer and not lose it. Regularly wearing retainers and visiting your orthodontist will guarantee the success of your treatment.


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