Orthodontic treatment with braces is a treatment that offers successful results, whether taken as a child or adult. Orthodontic treatments can be completed in two or three stages, depending on the severity of malocclusion or irregularity in the tooth alignment.
In addition to its aesthetic benefits, properly aligned teeth increase the bite, chewing, and speech functions of the jaw, and also eliminate some dental and jaw-related deformations that existed as a child.
Who Is This For?
Potential Risks & Side Effects
There is no recovery time associated with the braces like the other procedures after which patients need a time period to resume their daily activities, but averagely after five days, initial discomfort of braces subsides, the teeth gradually adapt to the braces, and eating becomes much easier.
Success Rate: 80%
How Does it Work?
If you don't like the way your teeth look or work, orthodontic treatment may be the answer. You can benefit from orthodontic treatment at any age. Misalignment, overlapping, protruding or shifting of teeth affects their appearance and functioning. Orthodontic treatment enhances the smile and also promotes health, since aligned teeth are easier to brush and therefore less prone to cavities.
The position of the teeth and jaw affects the occlusion. Occlusion refers to the articulation of the upper teeth with the lower teeth. When the upper teeth are not well articulated with the lower teeth, this is called dental malocclusion. Missing, misaligned, overlapped, protruding or buck teeth can contribute to malocclusion. Malocclusion can make it difficult to chew certain foods and cause some teeth to wear out. It can also cause muscle tension and pain. Buck teeth can more easily chip or break. In addition, misaligned or overlapped teeth are more difficult to brush, which increases the possibility of gum disease and cavities.
What Does Braces Treatment Involve?
1. Consultation for Braces
The first step to start your braces process will be the online consultation. At this stage, our specialist will ask you some questions to define your problems first. The main target of this stage is to make sure whether you are a suitable candidate for braces or not. Your health history, allergies, medications you use, previous surgeries and your expectations about the process are the most important data to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for you at this stage. The photo of your teeth will be very useful to understand your current status and also eligibility during this online consultation phase.
2. Planning Your Trip and Choosing the Clinic
At this stage, it has been decided that you are the right candidate for the procedure and it is time to make the best orthodontic treatment planning for you. We will share the results of the clinic and dentist; which we filter according to the criteria we receive from you. After you make a selection among them, we proceed to the stage of date determination and detailed adjustments.
3. Final Consultation with Your Dentist
When you arrive at the clinic, you will have a face-to-face consultation with your dentist. He or she will ask you some questions to try to understand your expectations better and also make you understand what you should expect from your treatment. Your dentist and your clinic will explain everything you need to know about your treatment process and try to simulate the results as much as possible, in order you to feel enlightened and ready.
4. Medical Examinations
Before the braces process begins, your dentist will conduct some necessary medical tests and x-ray imaging to make sure that you are in acceptable health status for the procedure. Every patient is required to undergo medical tests to ensure that nothing can hinder the success of the procedure and if any risk obtained, dentists try to eliminate them first.
5. Placement of the Braces
The placement of braces varies according to the braces selected. Braces types can be listed as follows:
Metal Rings: The most common dental braces are metal rings, known as traditional braces or metal wired braces. It is the most "visible" type of all dental braces. It consists of "rings", small elements of steel fixed on the external face of the tooth and connected in them by a metal bar. It is precisely the steel wire that will allow the straightening of the teeth, thanks to a regular adjustment of the braces by the orthodontist. This type of braces is usually completed with elastic bands in order to connect the attachments of the appliance together, and thus, contribute to the re-positioning of the jaws. The fitting of the rings comes after the molding of your teeth in your orthodontic treatment.
Ceramic Rings: Another type of "ring" dental appliance: ceramic rings. They act in the same way as metal rings. Patients generally find this type of braces more "discreet" than traditional metal rings.
Lingual Braces: The lingual braces are similar to traditional rings. The only difference is that it is installed on the inside of the teeth. This difference is major, since the device will therefore be invisible from an external point of view. Orthodontic lingual treatment can be appreciated for its aesthetic advantage. However, the lingual braces may be more uncomfortable at the start of treatment.
Removable Dental Braces: Removable braces are not attached to the teeth. The patient is therefore able to put the dental appliance on and take it off independently. There are several types of removable dental appliances: false palates, transparent aligners or even appliances with extraoral force (consisting of an external "helmet"). In orthodontics, invisible aligners (Invisaligns) are relatively recent. They are tailor-made and make it possible to gradually correct the positioning of the teeth. Generally worn continuously, this type of braces should be replaced every 2 weeks.
Palatal Plate: A palatal plate is a type of removable dental braces. It is used to correct minor dental defects or to re-shape the palate by spreading the upper jaw to create more space. These braces consist of a plate made of resin, on which hooks or springs are fixed in order to ensure that the grip on the teeth is optimal and that the force exerted on the teeth is sufficient. The placement of braces is painless. For two or three days, the teeth are sensitive to chewing and the patients must adopt a slightly softer diet. Then that feeling fades, and everyone gets used to live with braces.
Living with Brace: Initially, it takes time to adapt to getting used to your braces. Some pains can appear at the beginning, but these are quickly relieved by taking analgesics. In terms of dental hygiene, you will have to redouble your efforts to maintain excellent oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth after each meal is recommended as well as using dental floss. You also have to adapt to eat something with braces, because certain foods can damage them. This is the case with nuts, bread, apples, etc. It is also advisable to reduce sugar or foods and drinks that contain sugar consumption in order to avoid tooth decays.
Do Braces Hurt?
Braces do not hurt at all but there will be temporary mild discomfort after the placement is done, and it may last for a few days to a week.
What Is the Ideal Age for Wearing Braces?
People can have braces at any age but ideal time for placement of dental braces is between 10 and 14 years of age.
How Long Should the Braces Be Worn?
Braces usually need to be worn from 18 months to 2 years. However, in some cases this process may be prolonged or take less time.
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