Guide To Getting Braces

Orthodontic Treatments Guide

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

Due to new technologies, patients have much more options when it comes to choosing braces. Today, there are many types of braces from metal to ceramic, from colored to tooth-colored ones. Instead of looking like a metal fence in your mouth, braces have become stylish. There are now a number of options for patients to straighten misaligned or wrongly angled teeth.

In our clinic, we offer the following types of orthodontic treatments : Fixed Braces which can be Metal or Ceramic, Lingual Braces and the Six Month Smiles.

FAQ ABOUT BRACES

  • A more attractive smile and possible increase in self-confidence
  • Better function of the teeth
  • Increased ability to clean the teeth
  • Improved force distribution and wear patterns of the teeth
  • Better long term health of teeth and gums
  • Guide permanent teeth into more favorable positions
  • Reduce the risk of injury to protruded front teeth
  • Aids in optimizing other dental treatment

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

In cases:

You have an excessive overbite or openbite

Overbite occurs when the upper jaw extends over the lower jaw. In case of openbite, the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap, causing serious chewing problems.

You have crowding of your upper or lower front teeth

Crowding happens when the teeth have no room to erupt from the gum and are overlapping and twisting in the mouth.

Your teeth are spaced too far apart

Spacing problems can be caused by various reasons. Sometimes, teeth are missing or small-sized. Gum diseases, incorrect swallowing reflex, thumb sucking can also provoke teeth movements and gaps between the front teeth.

You have an underbite

Underbite occurs when the lower jaw protrudes over the upper jaw, provoking the lower front teeth to overlap top front teeth.

You suffer from crossbite

In case of crossbite the upper tooth or a row of teeth sits inside the lower teeth, causing tooth stratification and displaced jaw growth.

You suffer from thumb sucking

More often this problem occurs to children. Thumb sucking can cause the pressure on the teeth and soft tissues in the mouth, creating the problems with teeth position and jaw growth. Thumb sucking can also be a reason for other dental problems in children: buck teeth, open bite, crossbite, weak chin, etc. Most children can suck their thumb without any damage until their permanent teeth appear. But, is is important to evaluate your children’s oral health by age seven to discuss possible solutions if needed.

You have tongue thrusting problem

Tongue thrusting occurs when the tongue moves forward during speech or swallowing, causing misalignment and overbite. Tongue thrusting is a normal behavior in childhood. But, if this habit persists when a child grows up, dental treatment becomes necessary.

Braces use steady gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. The brackets that are placed on your teeth and the archwire that connects them are the main components. When the archwire is placed into the brackets, it tries to return to its original shape. As it does so, it applies pressure to move your teeth to their new, more ideal positions.

You will need regular appointments during treatment for the brace to be adjusted, generally every 4-6 weeks.

Children should be evaluated for braces by age seven. By this age, most children have a mix of permanent and baby teeth, allowing the dentist to provide a very accurate diagnosis and optimal treatment plan for the next years. By starting treatment before your children have all permanent teeth, you may prevent a “bad bite” and jaw alignment.

The answer is yes. It is recommended to have all baby teeth out, but in some cases baby teeth can still be there.

When the brace is first fitted, it may feel strange and possibly uncomfortable. This is usually when the teeth start to loosen and move.  Because the brackets are raised, they may rub against the inside of your lips or cheeks. Your orthodontist will give you some special wax to prevent this rubbing which should make it more comfortable. You may also find that, for the first few days, your jaw aches because of the pressure of the brace. If this is the case, you may find a painkiller helps – the sort of thing you might take for a headache will be fine. If the discomfort lasts longer than a few days, though, you may wish to go back to your orthodontist, who can then readjust the brace.

Every case is different, and so the length of time that braces have to stay on will vary. As a rule, children between the ages of 8 and 14 will likely have their braces on for a year or so. Adult treatment tends to last a little longer from 6 months– up to two years – since the teeth are more firmly fixed in position. After your initial consultation at our surgery, you’ll have a clear picture of how long your treatment plan will last. Usually monthly adjustments will be needed. Maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping regular appointments are important in keeping treatment time on schedule.

Yes. And many adults are now opting to fix their smiles with orthodontic treatment. The biological process involved in moving teeth is essentially the same at any age. Adult treatment may take a little longer than a child’s treatment, because an adult’s facial bones are no longer growing. No matter your age, it’s never too late to improve your dental health and beautify your smile. Contact Crown Dental for an evaluation of your smile.

No. It is recommended, however, that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouth guard when participating in any sporting activity.

Yes. You can generally eat the same with braces as you can without, with a few guidelines for foods to avoid. At first, (maybe a week or two after your braces are put on,) you should try to stick to soft foods until your mouth is not sore. After that, we recommend a healthy diet and cautions you to avoid certain foods that may damage your equipment or your loosening teeth.

Yes, you should continue to see your general dentist and hygienist every six months for cleanings and dental checkups.

After your treatment plan is complete and you get your braces removed you will need to wear retainers to help your teeth stay in their new position. Retainers also help for the newly alignes teeth to become more steady and more fixed in the mouth. Retainers are simple to use and removable devices that are customized for your mouth.

It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, so the teeth and gums are healthy during orthodontic treatment. You need to pay special attention to cleaning your teeth everyday and to your diet. Permanent damage to tooth enamel can occur if the teeth and brackets are not kept clean. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning.

Although you’ll still be able to eat most of the foods you were eating before, you will need to take care not to damage your brace. There are some foods that you’ll need to cut out altogether though:

  • Toffees
  • Chewy sweets, like marshmallows and Turkish Delight
  • Hard foods, like crusty bread

With other foods, like apples, you might need to cut them up, but you’ll still be able to eat them.