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Orthodontic Braces

Braces can dramatically improve one’s appearance by aligning teeth and correcting a person’s natural bite. They can adjust for problems such as overcrowded or crooked teeth, as well as for an over or underbite. Modern advances in orthodontics have made braces a less noticeable and thus more desirable alternative for improving the appearance of the teeth. Braces help create straighter teeth, a proper bite, and a great smile.

Who Should Wear Braces

Anyone who is unsatisfied with the position of their existing teeth should consider braces as an effective way to attain aesthetically pleasing teeth. It is non-invasive and unlike cosmetic dentistry will not require the removal of potentially sensitive enamel.

Orthodontic braces will not change the colour or shape of the teeth however conservatively minded dentists find that a simple pre-veneer orthodontic treatment such as inman aligner or six – month smiles can align the teeth to enable veneers or crowns to be placed the without destructive adjustments we often see. While anyone can wear them, braces are ideal for patients with spacing, crowding, rotations and who may have had orthodontics as adults or young children. In these cases a very rapid treatment result, often in as little as 8 to 26 weeks can be achieved. Yet, as mentioned above, braces can straighten teeth for people of any age. In fact, more than ever before, adults are using braces to correct orthodontic problems.

Orthodontics is sometimes used to move teeth to allow closure of spaces or opening of a space so sufficient space is achieved to place a bridge or implant.

Types of Braces

There are two types of brackets we place. Both are transparent and made of a resin composite or ceramic. These brackets are bonded onto the front of teeth. Tranparent or neutral colored plastic brackets are now very popular because they are much less noticeable. One of the newest types of braces is lingual braces. Here, the brackets are attached to the backs of the teeth, making them much less detectable than traditional brackets. The traditional, and generally outdated, form of braces is the metal bands that wrap around the entire tooth.

Although there are different types of teeth braces, the idea behind all of them is to gentle and low tension on teeth and gradually realign their position. The orthodontic dentist places the brackets onto the teeth and. The tooth coloured archwires are then inserted through the brackets, where they are held in place by tooth coloured ties.

Proper Maintenance

In most cases, braces remain on the teeth for three to six months. The amount of time depends on the severity of the orthodontic problem and the patient’s age. Braces work by placing tension on the teeth, sometimes the teeth may feel sore for the first few days. Once patients become more accustomed to the tension on their teeth, they do not cause any undue discomfort. Patients should avoid hard foods and candy that bend the archwires or cause the brackets to loosen. As well, food such as popcorn or shelled nuts should be avoided as they can get stuck in the braces and make cleaning difficult.

Once the braces are removed, a retainer (usually worn at night for several months) holds teeth in their new position. This is mandatory and we use the term Long-Term Retention to recognize that they will been worn on a part-time basis for a long time. The most important way to maximize the effects of braces is to be cooperative in the process. Follow the general instructions of your orthodontist for proper cleaning and maintenance of your braces. This insures that the braces have the greatest effect on the your teeth and are on for the shortest possible time