Are there alternatives to braces?
Unfortunately, there are not many alternatives to braces, but there are alternatives to metal braces that most people immediately imagine. You can use clear or teeth-colored braces. This makes them much less visible. Some patients may also have mouth guards fitted in place of traditional braces.
There are also other types of removable aids that can help align your teeth. Some adults find it better to have veneers instead of braces. However, they are quite expensive, they may have to be replaced at some point in life, and veneers do not help solve occlusion problems.
At what age is it better to have braces?
There is no “best” age for braces. For most children, the best age to get braces ranges from 10 to 14 years old, when the child’s mouth and head are still growing and the permanent teeth are erupting. The exact time depends on the development and how quickly the adult teeth of the child appear. However, braces can still be effective for older teens and adults.
How long should braces be worn?
Most children wear braces for 1-3 years, but this period can be very different for each person. It all depends on the severity of the problem. It also depends on the cooperation of the patient: maintaining proper oral hygiene, wearing assistive devices (such as rubber bands), and timely visits to the doctor can all shorten the period of wearing braces.
I’m already an adult – should I wear braces?
It’s a subjective choice, but braces can still be effective for adults, and modern brace styles are much less visible than the braces most people remember. In fact, about 30% of patients with braces are over 18 years old.
Many adults decide to get braces because they could not afford it as a child or because their teeth have shifted with age. Braces, even as an adult, can correct serious structural problems and give you decades of prettier teeth.
Why install braces?
Some people use braces primarily for cosmetic reasons, but straightened teeth also have a number of health benefits. Straight teeth are easier to clean. Thorough brushing of teeth reduces tooth decay and gingivitis. Correcting the bite will also correct many structural problems, which can reduce jaw pain and make chewing less painful.
I had braces when I was a kid and I hated them. Has something changed?
Now braces are less visible, less painful and more effective than you remember. Now you can install clear braces or aligners for a less visible look. Even “traditional” metal braces are much smaller than in the past. Computer technology in orthodontics has improved significantly.
How do I take care of my braces?
As always, it is very important to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth and using dental floss after every meal. Harsh and sticky foods should be avoided as they can damage your braces. Be sure to attend all your orthodontic appointments and follow your orthodontist’s instructions and recommendations.
If I have lived normally with crooked teeth for many years, why would I need to treat a malocclusion?
Complications of malocclusion have been forming for more than one year. The shift of the teeth leads to an incorrect distribution of the chewing load, poor chewing of food, overstrain of the jaw joints. As a result, chronic headaches occur, digestive disorders appear, and facial expressions change.
Unaesthetic smile is one of the reasons for the appearance of complexes and problems in communication. Orthodontic treatment will make you more attractive and confident. But the most important thing is that it will eliminate and stop the development of complications that have formed over the years of progression of dentoalveolar anomalies.
How painful is orthodontic treatment?
Modern orthodontics offers patients absolutely painless methods of bite restoration. If there is a need for procedures that are accompanied by uncomfortable sensations, then orthodontists use effective methods of anesthesia.
After the installation of braces, for some time the tissues of the oral cavity adapt to the orthodontic structure, and the patient – to changes in the usual sensations when chewing food. But over time, everything comes back to normal. Then the patients even stop noticing the braces.
Do I need to change my diet after installing braces?
For people with braces, solid food, viscous, viscous food is contraindicated, which can injure the orthodontic structure and cause slipping of its important elements. To prevent tooth decay, reduce the amount of simple carbohydrates in your diet (sweets, jams, cakes, cakes, chocolate, soda).
Is sports allowed while wearing braces?
Wearing braces is not a contraindication to an active lifestyle and sports training. But it is still necessary to adhere to the rules of caution, especially when boxing, riding motorcycles, parachuting. If you are interested in traumatic sports, the orthodontist can recommend the patient to use special protective devices.
But buying them without first consulting an orthodontist is not worth it, as it can be a waste of money and time. Your doctor will recommend braces and teeth protectors according to your clinical case.
Do braces remain after completing orthodontic treatment?
After removing the bracket system, traces of the fixing material remain on the patient’s teeth, but they will be removed in the doctor’s office on the same day. There should be no other marks on the teeth. Sometimes at the place of attachment of braces, the tooth enamel has a different shade, but with the help of modern bleaching procedures, this problem is quickly solved.
Does the feeling change when using braces?
In the first weeks after the installation of braces, patients may feel slight discomfort, but the doctor prescribes special pain relievers and gels to eliminate it. They minimize soreness and help you quickly adapt to your orthodontic design. But getting used to braces comes quickly: during the first weeks after their installation.
Can I play musical instruments with braces?
When using braces, it’s like playing wind instruments for the first time, but over time, people get used to all the changes. After a short period of adaptation, no difficulties usually arise. Braces do not interfere with playing musical instruments.
Can the piercing damage braces?
Third-party metal parts, even such minor ones as piercing jewelry, can damage the elements of the bracket system and disable the devices. It would be advisable to give up piercings while the braces are in use. But before installing, be sure to tell the orthodontist about it. Don’t hide your piercing from him. He will find a way out of the situation.
Is the treatment result reliable?
The result of treatment is stable, provided that the patient fulfills all the doctor’s recommendations and uses stabilizing (retention) devices.
Which systems are the most aesthetic?
The choice of system depends on the patient’s taste. There are absolutely imperceptible ones that are attached to the inner side of the teeth (they are called lingual), there are transparent ones. The most popular are metal braces with colored elastic or metal ligatures.
Are there any contraindications to treatment with braces?
The main contraindications are: poor hygienic care, allergic reactions (allergy to metal), the patient’s unwillingness to be treated.
How often should I see my doctor after getting braces?
After braces are installed, the usual frequency of visits to an orthodontist is once a month. In some cases, more frequent visits are necessary – once every two weeks. Ligature-free or self-ligating braces can reduce the frequency of visits to the orthodontist.
How to brush your teeth with braces?
Brushing your teeth while wearing vestibular braces is the same as usual, but you should more thoroughly clean out the spaces between your teeth with dental floss. Lingual braces require more care.
How are braces removed?
Removal, as well as the installation of braces, is performed only by an orthodontist in the clinic using special tweezers. After removing the braces, the surface of the teeth is cleaned of glue residues, the enamel is polished and remineralized. It is forbidden to remove braces on your own.
Can braces be used during pregnancy?
In general, wearing braces during pregnancy is not recommended, however, this is not due to the correction of the bite, but to the fact that during pregnancy the enamel of the teeth becomes weaker due to the fact that the body loses calcium.
Which braces should you choose?
All orthodontic constructions are selected individually for each clinical case. Metal braces are suitable for patients on a small budget, while such designs are quite reliable. Ceramic braces are invisible on the teeth, and sapphire braces can even serve as a decoration. Lingual braces are the most expensive, but their treatment is completely invisible, as they are installed on the inner side of the teeth.