Recommended For Braces
Dental braces, also known as orthodontic braces or simply braces, are recommended for individuals with one or more of the following:
● Crooked teeth
● Gapped teeth
Not Recommended For Braces
● Open bites
Dental braces or orthodontic braces are not recommended for patients with one or more of the following:
● Deficient teeth
● Tooth decay
● Poor oral hygiene
● Oral cavity inflammation
● Patients suffering from diabetes
Number Of Trips Abroad
The entire treatment usually requires trips every 4-8 weeks
1 to 4 days per trip
Dental braces for teethor orthodontic braces are special dentistry devices applied by orthodontists in order to correct, align, and straighten teeth. Most patients opting for this procedure have one or more of the following:
- Deep bites
- Open bites
- Crooked teeth
- General flaws of the teeth and jaws
While most patients opt to use dental braces alone, as a cosmetic measure, others combine dental braces with other orthodontic treatments, such as widening the palate or widening the jaws.
Braces for teeth come in different types, including:
- Metal wired dental braces
- Braces invisible – or clear braces
- Stainless steel orthodontic braces
- Removable aligners
- Titanium-based dental braces
- Lingual braces
The dentist will need to see a set of dental x-rays before the treatment can begin. The dentist will analyze these x-rays and decide if the orthodontic braces are the right choice for the patient.
How It Is Performed
Most patients ask themselves how braces work. Here is the full procedure explained: Firstly, the teeth of the patient are checked and inspected thoroughly in order to see if this is the right procedure. Impressions of the teeth are then taken before carefully analyzing the patient's x-rays. By analyzing the x-rays and impressions, the dentist is able to determine the best treatment plan for the patient. Sometimes digital models can be created, and the patient will be able to see the results of the treatment even before starting it.
This type of orthodontic treatment can take between six months and two years, depending on the state of the patient's teeth. In some cases, surgery might be necessary before undergoing this treatment. The amount of time it takes to put the brakes on and the amount of time needed to keep them on are heavily dependent on the issue the patient is facing, and the types of dental braces applied. Generally speaking, adhesive and bonding cement is used to apply the braces and keep them in place.
Patients will be required to visit the dentist regularly for adjustments – usually between 4 and 10 weeks after the orthodontic braces are fitted. During these appointments, the orthodontist can evaluate the patient's teeth and any progress made, while at the same time ensuring the desired result is achieved.
Orthodontic braces risks and complications can include:
● Increased risk of tooth decay
● Difficulty speaking
● Mouth sores
● Allergic reaction to the dental braces
Dental braces side effects can include the following:
● Discomfort and pain, especially immediately after the dental braces are fitted
● Tenderness of the gums
Reviews set the average dental braces success rate at 69.5% for adults and 100% for young adults such as teenagers.
Before And After
Before and after braces pictures might seem appealing, but patients are required to devote extra care for their teeth while having the braces in place. One of the biggest issues patients are facing is plaque – which can form very easily and lead to tooth decay or cavities. Brushing is mandatory for all patients, and mouthwashes are highly recommended during the treatment.
The total treatment time depends on several factors, including:
- The patient’s dental health
- The state of the supporting bone tissue
- The corrections which need to be made
- Any other dental issues the patient may be having
After finishing their orthodontic treatment, patients will need to wear a retainer during the day and night for at least six months. After this period has ended, the retainer will only be worn during the night. The retainer’s role is to keep the teeth in their new position.
- What kind of foods do I need to avoid while wearing dental braces? Hard foods and sticky foods need to be avoided during the orthodontic braces treatment. Taffy, caramel, hard pretzels, and carrots can actually damage the braces themselves and prolong the treatment.
- What is the least visible type of dental braces?
Invisalign braces, as the name suggests, are a type of invisible braces, but it has several disadvantages.
- At what age should my child have orthodontic treatment? The sooner, the better – certain conditions such as teeth crowding, underbites, overbites, and others are much easier to correct when the patient is young, and the jaw is still growing. This doesn't necessarily mean that the treatment won't work for adults as well, but if the patient is young, the treatment will take less time, and the results will be better.
This content is written and reviewed by our medical content team in August, 2019.