Most people aren’t born with a picture perfect smile. Braces are the next best way to get that beautiful smile. Misaligned teeth can undermine your confidence, make you smile dull and influence your personal and social life.
Fortunately, there are many orthodontic teeth straightening solutions available that will leave you with beautifully straight teeth and confidence to smile more. Have you noticed how many adults are wearing dental braces of late?
This is because braces are no longer synonymous with being a teenager, but are a fast-growing trend among adults. Despite the belief misconceptions of some that braces only work only on a growing jaw, this is not so. They can be used on a person of any age, even elderly people, with just as much success.
Who is an orthodontist?
Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry. An orthodontist is a dental specialist involved in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities, or “malocclusion”, which means “improper bite”. Orthodontists are skilled in treatments that will bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment.
Are braces for you?
It is very common to see teenagers having braces these days. But does everyone of us need them? Why do we have to wear braces?
People wear braces for a variety of reasons. These include:
Crooked teeth: Your timely observation is the key to detect them. Adverse habits in children even after 4years of age should be observed by you and the dentist should be consulted. Dentist will check and take the concerned X Rays and quote the exact cause.
Improper bite: Missing or broken teeth,trauma to the face or face joint or stress from clenching or grinding of the teeth can result in improper bite.
Protruding teeth: Children usually have an upper front teeth protruded as a result of genetics. They become worse if a child has a habit of sucking on their thumb or their pacifier for many years, if they have developed poor chewing habits or if they have the nervous habit of tongue thrusting against their teeth.
Problems with tooth eruption: Early or delayed eruption of teeth can lead to misalignment.
Missing teeth: A significant space in the arch results in a disturbance in the appearance of the face and smile.
When is a good time to start braces?
In the majority of people who have crooked teeth but normal growth of their jaw, treatment can commence when most of the permanent teeth are out. This usually occurs around the age of 11 to 13 years.
More adults here are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their appearance, as well as oral health and function, but some of them don’t prefer due to pain or because they think they are too old for it.
Conventional Metal Braces
Conventional metal braces are brackets made of stainless steel which are fixed to the teeth’s external surface. An arch wire runs through the brackets and is held in place by elastic bands. These bands can exert pressure on the teeth and gradually, drift the teeth into their new position.
Metal braces are the cheapest, most durable and most effective in treating badly misaligned teeth.They are clearly visible on the teeth. You may be self-conscious when you smile. The metal wires and braces may trap food particles and hurt your gums during the initial adjustment phase.
Ceramic braces are tooth-coloured braces affixed to the teeth’s outer surface. They are usually recommended for the upper front teeth. Ceramic braces are more natural-looking. They can chip or break. They are harder to remove, stain easily and take longer to straighten your teeth than traditional metal braces.
Lingual braces are like metal braces except that they are custom-fitted to the back surfaces of teeth instead of the front, so no one knows you are wearing braces. They are 100 % invisible. Lingual braces may affect your speech and hurt your tongue. They trap food particles easily and are harder to clean. It is important to practice proper oral hygiene.
Of all the braces, aligners, are the most aesthetically pleasing. They are invisible and can be removed before eating or brushing your teeth. They are comfortable and the easier to clean. Aligners may cost more than traditional metal or ceramic braces. They are not suitable for severely crowded or misaligned teeth.
After having braces on for a year or two, you may have stains around the brackets. That is the reason it is so important to clean your teeth properly when you have braces.