Orthodontics/Braces

Orthodontic devices consisting of brackets, wires, and bands used to straighten and align teeth.

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Why get braces? How does it help?

It's important to consult with an orthodontist to determine if braces are the right treatment option for your specific dental needs. They will evaluate your bite, tooth alignment, and overall oral health to recommend the most appropriate orthodontic treatment plan for you.

  • Improved dental alignment

    The primary benefit of braces is the correction of dental misalignment. Braces gradually move the teeth into their proper positions, resulting in a straighter smile and improved bite. This can enhance both the appearance and functionality of the teeth.

  • Enhanced oral health

    Misaligned teeth can make it difficult to clean properly, leading to plaque buildup, tooth decay, and gum disease. By aligning the teeth with braces, it becomes easier to maintain good oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing effectively. This reduces the risk of dental problems and promotes better overall oral health.

  • Bite correction

    Braces can address various bite issues, including overbite (upper teeth protrude over the lower teeth), underbite (lower teeth protrude past the upper teeth), crossbite (misalignment of upper and lower teeth when biting), and open bite (space between upper and lower teeth when biting). Correcting these bite problems can improve chewing function, speech clarity, and overall jaw alignment.

  • Prevention of dental damage

    Misaligned teeth can cause excessive wear and tear on certain teeth due to uneven pressure during biting and chewing. Over time, this can lead to chipped or fractured teeth. By aligning the teeth with braces, the forces exerted during biting and chewing are distributed more evenly, reducing the risk of dental damage.

  • Boost in self-confidence

    Having a straight and aligned smile can significantly boost self-confidence and self-esteem. With improved aesthetics, individuals may feel more comfortable smiling, speaking, and interacting with others, leading to a positive impact on social and professional aspects of life.

  • Long-term stability

    After completing orthodontic treatment with braces, a retainer is typically provided to help maintain the new tooth positions. Wearing a retainer as instructed by the orthodontist ensures that the teeth remain in their corrected positions, providing long-term stability and preventing relapse.

  • Potential for improved overall health

    Properly aligned teeth can contribute to better overall health. When the teeth and jaws are properly aligned, it can help alleviate issues such as headaches, jaw pain, and even sleep apnea in some cases. Additionally, improved oral health resulting from braces can have positive effects on systemic health, as gum disease has been linked to various health conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

Advantages and disadvantages

Some factors to consider

Advantages

Highly useful

Fixed braces are highly effective for correcting a wide range of orthodontic issues, including crowded teeth, gaps, overbites, underbites, and crossbites.

Highly customised

The dentist has precise control over the movement of each tooth, allowing for a detailed and customized treatment plan.

Proven to work

Fixed braces consistently deliver predictable and reliable results, ensuring that your teeth are properly aligned by the end of treatment.

Accessible to everyone

Fixed braces are suitable for both children and adults seeking orthodontic treatment.

frequently asked questions

Questions? Answers.

  • How do braces work?

    Braces use a combination of brackets, wires, and elastic bands to gently apply pressure to your teeth, gradually moving them into their desired positions. dentists make adjustments over time to guide the teeth to their proper alignment.

  • Are braces painful?

    While you might experience some discomfort or soreness initially and after adjustments, braces themselves are not usually painful. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help alleviate any discomfort.

  • Can adults get braces?

    Yes, adults can definitely get braces. Orthodontic treatment can be effective at any age as long as your oral health is good.

  • Can I still play sports or musical instruments with braces?

    Yes, you can still engage in sports and play musical instruments while wearing braces. However, it’s recommended to use a mouthguard during physical activities to protect your braces and teeth.

  • Can I eat normally with braces?

    You can eat a variety of foods with braces, but some hard, sticky, or crunchy foods might need to be avoided to prevent damaging the brackets and wires.

  • How do I clean my teeth with braces?

    Proper oral hygiene is essential during orthodontic treatment. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and floss threaders or orthodontic floss to clean around the brackets and wires. Regular dental check-ups are also crucial.

  • Are there alternatives to metal braces?

    Yes, there are alternatives like clear aligners (removable trays). Your dentist can help you choose the best option for your needs.

  • Will I need to wear retainers after braces?

    Yes, wearing retainers is a crucial part of the orthodontic process. Retainers help maintain your newly aligned teeth and prevent them from shifting back.

  • Will I need extractions before getting braces?

    Some cases might require the removal of certain teeth to create space for proper alignment. Your dentist will determine if extractions are necessary.

  • How often will I need to visit the dentist for adjustments?

    You’ll typically visit the dentist every 4 to 6 weeks for adjustments and to monitor your progress.

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