What to Expect
The first step in getting any orthodontic work is a consultation. Your dentist will check your bite and determine your need for dental braces. For traditional and ceramic braces, brackets are cemented to the front of your teeth. Orthodontic bands help hold the brackets in place, and arch wires are placed through the brackets. Wires are usually adjusted every month to guide teeth in the right direction. Other orthodontic appliances, such as rubber bands, springs and headgear are also used to move teeth.
You may experience some soreness after the placement of dental braces and following adjustments, but it usually subsides quickly. Thanks to smaller and more convenient appliances, brackets tend to be less abrasive on your soft tissues. If you experience extended discomfort, talk to your orthodontist. He or she can recommend a medication or change adjustment methods to help relieve pain.
An oral hygiene regimen can be difficult to maintain when you have a mouthful of metal, so it's extremely important to take care of your teeth when wearing an orthodontic appliance. Be sure to continue your regular dental visits while undergoing orthodontic treatment. At-home care, including brushing and flossing, should be given special attention to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. It can be difficult for dentists to perform a tooth filling or gum disease treatment when you're wearing dental braces.
It’s Worth the Effort!
While it may take a couple years to fix your smile, orthodontic treatment is definitely worth the time and investment! Orthodontic treatment corrects your bite, which improves chewing and speech. Orthodontic work can also change your facial structure if you suffer from an overbite or underbite, and the result is aesthetically pleasing -- many patients now choose orthodontics solely for cosmetic reasons! A smile obtained through orthodontic treatment can also help increase your confidence and build self-esteem.
So Many Choices!
Some patients may choose not to use dental braces because they dislike the appearance or don't have the time. If you're not crazy about the idea of wearing dental braces, you have other orthodontic options!
Invisalign® is a series of clear, plastic aligners that straighten teeth without using brackets. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks until your desired result is achieved. The appliance can be removed when eating, and most people won't even know you're wearing it!
Your dentist may also suggest veneers, which are thin porcelain wafers attached to the front of teeth. Dental veneers greatly reduce the time commitment needed for orthodontic treatment, but they don't actually straighten your teeth; rather, dental veneers cover imperfections completely.
If you're interested in orthodontics, call us at 1-866-970-9853 to find a dentist near you. You may be surprised at how easy it is to improve your dental health -- and give you a beautiful smile for years to come!
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