Orthodontic Braces Treatment
Orthodontic braces help to straighten your teeth so it will be easier to care for your teeth and gums and improve your bite so you can eat better. And your smile will benefit too.
Braces treatments are normally used to close gaps between teeth, straighten crooked, crowded or protruding teeth, and correct the bite so the top and bottom teeth meet when the mouth is closed.
In case you have any concerns about orthodontic braces treatment, please feel free to give us a call.
What are the types of braces?
Traditional braces consist of brackets that are cemented to the front surface of your teeth and connected by metal wires. Traditional fixed braces are one of the most common treatment for straightening teeth.
Lingual braces also use brackets and metal wires, but these are attached to the inside surface of your teeth rather than to the front. Since they are positioned in the inside of your teeth, no one can tell you are undergoing braces treatment.
Ceramic braces use the same technique as traditional metal braces but are less visible. Transparent ceramic brackets and thin metal wire are used in this procedure. If you prefer a more discreet option, you may go for white or plastic-coated wires instead.
Duration of braces treatment?
The treatment duration required depends on the complexity such as the severity of the teeth misalignment or overcrowding, which teeth are being moved and the distance a tooth will need to move to reach the ideal position. Back teeth will take longer to move compared to front teeth as they are denser and have more than one root.
Some simple treatments, involving just the front teeth would take a much shorter time.
For most patients, the treatment duration will range from 1 to 3 years. Once the initial orthodontic treatment has been completed. Patients will need to wear a retainer for 20-22 hours a day for the first 6 months after orthodontic treatment. Afterwards, patients will only need to wear them during sleep.
Do braces treatment hurt?
Patients will usually feel a tight sensation, when they first get their braces on and whenever adjustments are made. If required, our dentist can prescribe over-the-counter painkillers to relieve the pain.
If pain persists or becomes unbearable, talk to our dentist about it. To the best of our dentist’s ability, they will aim to make any dental treatment a painless and comfortable one for all of our patients. Our dentists may be able to make the adjustments a bit differently to help alleviate the pain.
Patients are usually required to visit the dentist about once every month in order to make sure that braces are moving teeth the way they’re supposed to move. Additionally, the dentist may need to make adjustments on the wires and brackets to ensure that everything is fixed in place and will not fall off.
The Benefits of Orthodontic Braces
If you have a clinical reason for needing orthodontic treatment, your dentist will probably recommend fixed braces as they are able to treat more complex problems such as:
- Severe overcrowding
- An excessively deep overbite or overjet
- Abnormal eruption of teeth
Fixed braces usually give predictable results and this is partly due to the fact that patients are unable to remove the braces nor interrupt the treatment process.
Orthodontic Braces Procedure
Basically, there are 4 steps to Orthodontic Braces treatment.
On your initial visit, we have to decide exactly what the problem is with your teeth and bite. It may just be that you have a problem of crowded teeth, a problem with the positioning of either the top or bottom jaws or a combination of both. We will recommend the best treatment by examining your teeth and X-ray.
If a fixed braces is to be fitted, our dentist will advise if any teeth are required to be extracted. We will then arrange a short appointment to take photographs, impressions (moulds), and place little elastic rings called separators. These create a small space between your back teeth and allows for the placement of braces.
We will usually see you again the following week for a much longer appointment to place the braces. Initially, you may find the braces uncomfortable. Your teeth will feel sensitive when chewing and you will need to have a fairly soft diet for the first few days. The braces might also rub on your cheeks and causes discomfort. It is common that this leads to ulcer during the initial stage and we will provide various remedies to help you through this period.
Oral Care & Maintenance
It is very important to clean your teeth and braces exceptionally well and to avoid sugary foods and carbonated drinks, in order to avoid any damage to the enamel surface. You also need to have regular check-ups with your family dentist throughout your orthodontic treatment.
Who is Suitable for Orthodontic Braces Treatment?
Orthodontic braces are often recommended for children of ages between 12 and 14. During this age, most of a child’s adult teeth have started to surface. However, having said this, the most ideal treatment age would be around seven rather than when the child is older. This is because our dentist will be able to plan and adjust the adult teeth even before the eruption.
Not to worry! Adults are not left out for braces as well – They could make use of specialised orthodontic gear to help in straightening of teeth.
Patients who suffer from gum diseases should not undergo orthodontic treatment, as it would only worsen existing gum issues. Gum disease must be treated first before starting orthodontic braces.
At NoFrills Dental, we accept all types of patients looking for orthodontic treatment from adults to students under the age of 16 years old and below who wish to start orthodontic treatment. Feel free to contact us to learn more about orthodontic treatment.
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