Do you think you are too old to have braces?
Are you embarrassed from the metal dull look of traditional braces?
Maybe it is time for you to re-consider.
Modern technology left no place for those misconceptions. Orthodontic treatments are not only for teens or pre-teens, now also you can get the beautiful, pleasing smile you have dreamed of.
WHAT IS ORTHODONTICS, AND WHY DO PEOPLE GET BRACES?
Orthodontics is a special discipline of dentistry concerned with aligning the teeth and jaws to improve one’s smile and oral health. A dentist usually recommends braces to improve the patient’s dental appearance and function. Through orthodontic treatment, problems like crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or under bites, incorrect jaw position and disorders of the jaw joints are corrected.
WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR BRACES?
Patients with orthodontic problems can benefit from treatment at nearly any age. An ideal time for placement of braces is between 10 and 14 years of age, while the head and mouth are still growing and teeth are more easily straightened. However, it should be noted that braces aren’t just for children. More and more adults are also wearing braces to correct minor problems and to improve their smiles.
WHAT KIND OF BRACES WILL I HAVE TO WEAR?
- Your orthodontist will advise what appliance is best for your particular problem, but the patient often has a choice. Braces generally come in a few varieties.
- We offer four different types of dental braces that you can choose from to suit your own needs and comfort.
- Invisalign: a clear plastic aligner without wires or brackets; a highly esthetic alternative to traditional braces.
- Crystal Braces: A translucent, non-staining, less visible substitute to metal braces.
- Lingual Braces: a virtually invisible option, where braces are attached to the back of teeth, hidden from view.
- Traditional Metal Braces: Available in silver or gold. So whether you are young or old, we will have a solution that will definitely fit your lifestyle.
- Is it only about how I look? Many people think that most dental procedures are only for the sake of looking good, they don't see it as a potential health risk and a case that requires medical attention and care. Orthodontics goes far beyond a nice smile. They play an important role in oral health. Bite problems, for example, can cause the abnormal wearing of teeth, joint problems and headache. You won't be only having the perfect smile, but also a healthy and efficient lifestyle.
- HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO WEAR BRACES? That depends upon your treatment plan. The more complicated your spacing or bite problem is, and the older you are, the longer the period of treatment, usually. Most patients can count on wearing full braces between 18 to 24 months, followed by the wearing of a retainer for at least a few months to set and align tissues surrounding straightened teeth.
WILL TREATMENT BE UNCOMFORTABLE?
The interconnecting wires are tightened at each visit, bearing mild pressure on the brackets to shift teeth or jaws gradually into a desired position. Your teeth and jaws may feel slightly sore after each visit, but the discomfort is brief. Keep in mind also that some teeth may need to be extracted to make room for teeth being shifted with braces and for proper jaw alignment.
DO I HAVE TO AVOID ANY FOODS OR PERSONAL HABITS?
Yes. Cut down on sweets and fizzy drinks. Sugary and starchy foods generate acids and plaque that can cause tooth decay and promote gum disease. Cut healthy, hard foods like carrots or apples into smaller pieces. Sticky, chewy sweets like toffees can cause wire damage and loosen brackets. Avoid hard and crunchy snacks that can break braces, including popcorn, nuts and hard sweets.
WHAT ABOUT HOME CARE OF MY TEETH WITH BRACES?
With braces, oral hygiene is more important than ever. Braces have tiny spaces where food particles and plaque get trapped. Brush carefully after every meal with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly and check your teeth in the mirror to make sure they’re clean. Take time to floss between braces and under wires with the help of floss. Have your teeth cleaned every six months to keep your gums and teeth healthy. Insufficient cleaning while wearing braces can cause enamel staining around brackets or bands.
WHO WILL PROVIDE MY ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?
Your dentist will usually refer you to an orthodontist-a specialist trained in the development, prevention and correction of irregularities of the teeth, bite and jaws and related facial abnormalities