Not everyone has straight teeth to show off. For some people, one or more of their teeth are crooked. Some have serious crooked teeth problems that make them look ugly when they open their mouth. Crooked teeth problem can be rectified by visiting an orthodontist. An orthodontist is trained in fixing all kinds of crooked teeth problem so you should see one when you have this problem on your teeth.
Straightening the Teeth with Classic Braces orthodontist Bury can prescribe a teeth brace to straighten your teeth. The teeth brace is made of the archwire that put pressure on the teeth to push them back into the correct position so that they become straight again. The archwire is connected to the brackets with the help of elastic o-rings. You have to go back to your orthodontist to readjust the archwire as your teeth slowly shift in position back to the desired place. Classic braces made of metal wire are less aesthetic as people can see that you are using braces to help your teeth to be straight.
Braces for Aesthetic Purposes
If you are conscious about people looking at you, you can opt for alternatives such as a ceramic brace, lingual braces or clear aligner. The lingual brace is installed behind the teeth so people won’t be able to notice it. Invisible brace, also known as Invisalign brace, is made of clear plastic that can easily wear on your teeth. Invisalign brace can be removed conveniently at any time. Many patients only wear aligner trays after they have completed the treatment that involves using traditional braces.
How Braces Shift the Teeth position
Braces can shift the position of your teeth by applying constant pressure. There is a membrane in the gum beneath that can respond to pressure on the teeth. Exerting the right pressure on the teeth will allow them to move back into the right positions. It takes about 1 – 2 hours for the dentist to install the braces. In the first weeks of wearing the braces, you may feel a bit of discomfort but you will soon get used to it. You will also feel the soreness after the orthodontist adjusts the braces. Teeth brace is suitable for children and adolescent. When you are growing into adulthood, the tissue beneath the jawline is still moving so it is possible to wear braces to correct the teeth positions
How Braces are Installed
The brackets are installed only after your teeth are clean and dry. Glue is to used to adhere the brackets onto your teeth. It can be a bit uncomfortable when the dentist installs the brackets. The brackets are connected with stainless steel or titanium wires. Elastic bands are added to apply more pressure on the jaw. After the braces are installed, you will feel a dull throbbing soreness on your gum. Most patients do not feel any pain. If you feel pain, you can take ibuprofen to relieve it.
The Cost of Braces
The cost of children braces can be covered by the health insurance policy. However, if you are an adult, the cost of the braces will not be covered by your health insurance. You will have to pay it out of your own pocket. Some dental clinics offer payment plans to make it easier for people to afford teeth brace.
Maintaining the Braces
People who are wearing braces should avoid certain hard and sticky food such as chewing gum, and candy. These food bits can hide in the braces and form plaque which attracts bacteria. Typically, you go back to the orthodontist for adjustment every 8 – 10 weeks. The orthodontist can also help you to change your o-rings if it is necessary. Brushing your teeth twice daily can clean out food that is lodged in the braces. You can use a Waterpik flosser to floss around your teeth and clean areas that are difficult to reach.