Braces & Aligners
Dental braces (also known as braces, orthodontic cases, or cases) are devices used in orthodontics that align and straighten teeth and help position them with regard to a person’s bite, while also aiming to improve dental health. Braces also fix gaps. They are often used to correct underbites, as well as malocclusions, overbites, open bites, deep bites, cross bites, crooked teeth, and various other flaws of the teeth and jaw. Braces can be either cosmetic or structural. Dental braces are often used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances to help widen the palate or jaws and to otherwise assist in shaping the teeth and jaws.
Aligners are clear medical grade plastic trays that do not require any braces or wire. They are totally invisible hence; the aesthetic concerns are duly met and make them very appealing with adults who need orthodontic treatment. Though placed inside they do not have any food restrictions associated. People believe that being placed on the inside, they might face speech difficulties; which is a myth. On the other hand, transparent braces are highly comfortable and hygienic. Clear Aligners also hide existing gaps.
WHERE TO USE BRACES
The major reason for getting Braces on is to improve the facial appearance, what people do not know is that there are any other implications which require orthodontic treatment like open bite, jaw structure, crossbite etc.
HOW TO MAINTAIN BRACES
After you get braces, you’ll also need to avoid certain foods that can become trapped between the braces and your gumline. These foods include:
- hard candy
- chewing gum
When you have braces, your teeth are more inclined to trap foods that can cause tooth decay. Be mindful of how often you consume sugary beverages and starchy foods that can eat away at tooth enamel.
While you have braces, you’ll need to visit the orthodontist for an adjustment every 8 to 10 weeks. Your orthodontist will check to make sure that you’re maintaining your oral health and taking care of your braces well. Your orthodontist will also change out O-rings when necessary
HOW TO CLEAN TEETH WITH BRACES
Brushing after meals will keep food from becoming lodged in between your braces and your teeth. Special floss from the orthodontist will make it possible to floss around the braces twice per day.
A special device called an interdental toothbrush can be used to clean underneath and around archwires and brackets.
While you have braces, you should still schedule an appointment with your dentist for a cleaning every six months to a year.