Fear to smile in public because of irregular or crooked tooth. Your worry ends here. Dental Braces is the answer to all your problems. Preserving the natural teeth and getting a beautiful smile is in your reach now..
why do i need braces ?
Most people would see straightening the teeth as a cosmetic treatment, but orthodontic treatment can greatly improve oral health. Like :
- Teeth function better
- Mal-alignment of teeth that may increase the risk of decay or infection are reduced.
- Less pressure is placed upon the gum, jaw and surrounding teeth.
A dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment for a variety of reasons.
- Difficulty chewing, eating or speaking
- The upper front teeth protrude excessively over the lower teeth (over bite)
- The upper front teeth cover the majority of the lower teeth when brought together (deep bite)
- The upper front teeth sit behind or inside the lower front teeth (under bite)
- The upper and lower front teeth don’t touch when biting together (open bite)
- Crowding or overlapping
- The centre of the upper and lower teeth don’t align
- The lower jaw shifts to one side or the other when biting
- There are unwanted spaces between the teeth
Before recommending dental braces, the dentist will conduct a thorough orthodontic assessment, including x-rays and jaw impression . So that the dentist can tell you whether any extractions is necessary or not prior to fitting the braces, so that teeth align correctly.
Depending on how severe the problem is, the treatment can take From 6 months up to two and a half years to complete. Every four to fifth weeks, the orthodontist will review progress and ensure the movement is happening as predicted.
How long I need to wear braces ?
Depending on how severe the problem is, the treatment can take From 6 months up to two and a half years to complete. Every four to fifth weeks, the orthodontist will review progress and ensure the movement is happening as predicted. After Reviewing your condition your dentist can tell you the approximate time for your treatment.
Types Of Braces
These are made of stainless steel . They most common type of dental braces used because of economic reasions. The end result is same but they look little weird in their appearance only. But because of economic reasons they are most widely used world wide.
Also known as tooth colored braces. They are made of ceramic/ composite. They appear pretty good in mouth as they are not visible from a distance. Favoured by adults trying to reduce the unsightly appearance of braces, ceramic brackets more closely match the colour of the teeth. Made from composite materials, they don’t stain and are just as strong as metal braces.
These less visible brackets can be complimented by white metal ties or clear plastic ties to further create the impression of “clear” or less visible braces.
If you dont want any braces over you teeth or just want to hide completely Lingual braces are the answer. Today,It is possible to completely hide the braces, by fitting the brackets on the inside surface of the teeth. Some people find lingual braces more comfortable, as the brackets and wire can’t rub against the lips or the inside of the mouth and work as invisible braces.
However, lingual braces may not be appropriate for every treatment, such as ‘deep bite’. Your dentist will advise whether lingual braces are a suitable option in your treatment.
Eating With Dental Braces
Braces on your teeth can make your eating difficult.Son after placement of braces on your teeth you may feel burning and etching sensation over the cheek adjecent to braces. This may be caused by rubbing of cheek with braces. After the first few days, slowly you should be able to eat normally. While wearing dental braces, it’s advisable to avoid the following foods :
- Sticky foods such as caramel, toffees and especially bubble gum
- Nuts, including peanuts, almonds and cashews
- Crunchy foods like popcorn or potato chips
- Extra chewy foods such as bagels
- Any food that could get caught or stick to your braces should be avoided. Whenever possible, cutting other foods into small size before eating will help protect your braces by reducing the amount of chewing required before swallowing.
Cleaning and brushing with braces
When you are wearing braces, it becomes more important to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth immediately after eating to remove any particles trapped in your braces. It will take a little longer and difficult to brush your teeth correctly as you have to ensure all areas in between and around the braces are free of plaque and food debris. If food particles are left to gather around the teeth and gum line, the gums can become infected or swelled.
A special brush is used to clean the teeth with braces, called orthobrush. Make gentle, horizontzl sweeping motions with your brush at 45 degree angle above and below the braces. Each tooth should be brushed gently but thoroughly for approximately 20 seconds.
Use inter-proximal brush for cleaning in and around the various wires, designed to get into all of those tiny places where brush can ot reach.
Soreness and Irritation :
Your teeth may feel sore and sensitive for a few days after first getting dental braces . Also, as your braces will rub the inside of your cheeks and lips, these can become irritated or ulcers may appear.Consult your doctors if this happens he can prescribe you some medication .
After a while, your mouth will become accustomed to the new braces. However, you can reduce the irritation by rinsing your mouth with warm saline water and some antiseptic mouth wash.