Everyone loves a beautiful smile! It speaks volumes about the person’s confidence as well as approachability. However, for those with misaligned or rotated teeth, it is not always easy. In some cases, crowded and rotated teeth can affect your self-confidence.
Today we are here to help you answer a few important questions about braces:
What are braces?
Dental braces are applied by dentists to help align and straighten teeth. Braces are commonly used to correct dental conditions such as under bites, cross bites, crooked teeth, and other flaws of the teeth and jaw.
In simple words, braces help general dentist and orthodontists to align and shape your teeth and jaw to help improve your dental health.
How do they work?
Braces work by applying continuous pressure for the designated teeth for an extent of time to allow the teeth to slowly move in the desired direction. When the teeth move, the jaw and bones change shape as per the applied pressure.
What types of braces are available?
Typically four types of braces are utilized – metal or traditional braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces and invisalign.
Each of them have their own positives and serve different purposes based on your dental condition and treatment involved. Dentists and orthodontists will recommend the type of brace required for your treatment dependent on the severity of the need, your age, as well as lifestyle choices.
How do I get started?
Your general dentist will first diagnose your oral health. They will conduct a clinical exam, take impressions of your teeth, X-rays, and photographs. All the information helps them decide on an appropriate treatment plan, customized for you, that answers questions about whether you need braces or not, what type, and for how long. All of these are important considerations that are specific to each situation.
Depending on the condition of your teeth after diagnosis, treatment with braces can range from simple braces to sometimes even surgery in severe orthodontic cases.
Aren’t braces only for children?
This is a common misconception. The process by which we move teeth and jaw is same for all ages of patients. The only concern is that with adults certain corrections may require more specific treatment as the bones in adults are no longer growing and teeth take a little longer to shift and correct.
I think that I may need braces, but I am not sure. What should I do?
Braces help you improve your teeth by straightening them. However, the final effect varies from person to person, depending on the current dental conditions. The best way to find out if you require braces, as well as the type that would be suitable for you, is by meeting your dentist and getting yourself evaluated.