Here comes the grand saviour of people with bite and teeth problems. Braces are among the most famous treatment procedures in the whole wide world. From kids to teenagers, people who face orthodontic issues get braces to fix their situations. Why is it so famous you might ask, because they work swimmingly.Generally, you need braces if you have crooked teeth or different types of bite issues. These can be an underbite, an overbite or even a crossbite(link for bite issues). A crooked teeth creates a wear and tear on your teeth,causes gum damage, jaw muscle aches and even speech impediments. It can also alter your facial structure.
Bite issues,if minor, are mostly tolerable and they don’t severely affect your daily life. However, if they become too severe, such as an extreme underbite or overbite, it can ruin your social life and make eating a potential nightmare. It’s best to take action early to stop the problem from getting worse over time.As we see from the potential consequences, braces literally save your daily life and enables you to eat and talk with confidence. But you must note that, in some cases, they might not be the solution. Such as an extreme overbite or underbite, if already formed, cannot be corrected via braces. You need surgery for that.
HOW DO THEY WORK?Braces work very straightforward. They apply constant pressure to your teeth. This constant pressure cause your teeth to gradually get back to their natural place and cause your jaw to change shape and reform a normal bite. We say ‘jaw’ but it’s actually not the jaw that moves.We have a membrane under our gums that roots our teeth to their place. Braces put pressure to this membrane and changes the position of the teeth back to their natural point. This, of course, also changes the way we bite and cures a potential over or underbite.
IS IT PAINFUL?The whole idea of your membrane getting pressured and teeth’s changing position might rub you the wrong way. Even though it ‘looks’ like it can hurt you, it really doesn’t. The whole procedure takes about 2 hours depending on the dentist and it is a very minor procedure as far as dentistry treatment’s go.The only thing you might feel is a slight discomfort after the placement. This feeling will eventually go away. Adjustments might cause that discomfort to come back briefly but this is expected. If you feel you are in constant pain, contact your dentist immediately. There might an adjustment problem or braces might be too small.
WHO CAN GET BRACES AND IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT?Anyone who has crooked teeth or a minor bite problem can take this treatment procedure. Contrary to the general belief, there is not an age limit on braces. We do see them more on teenagers and younglings because of the fact that forming crooked teeth and developing bite problems occur at these ages.Noticing these problems quickly, is actually crucial and we advice our patients to take action as soon as possible. If you are an adult and need braces, know that there is no age limit for this and it’s perfectly fine to use them. But, it should be noted that it will take longer for adults to get treated to %100 health.
The process of forcing your teeth to be more straight is same on adults and kids. But, adults completed their bone growth and have a larger jaw structure. Because of that, changes happen slower and it’s harder to change an already formed jaw structure. Adults need to be more patient with this treatment.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF BRACES?Getting braces is just a part of the equation. After you get them, you need to be a bit more careful in your daily life. There are some things that you should avoid and there are other things that you should give more care. This is a list of do’s and dont’s;
- Giving more attention to your oral hygiene
- Floss use is essential
- Use antibacterial mouth wash
- Attend to your monthly appointments
- If you are into contact sports, use mouthguard
- Do not eat hard foods
- If they are cemented, don’t play with your braces
- Don’t use them to open cans or to bite your fingernails
- Limit sugary beverages
If you pay attention to this list, your time with the braces will be as unproblematic as possible.
HOW LONG IS THE TREATMENT?The overall treatment changes from person to person. This time frame, can be affected by the way you take care of your braces and other external factors, such as breaking your jaw in a lacrosse match. Your age also plays a factor. Younger people recover quickly compared to adults. But, if everything goes fine, expect to use them for 1-3 years. Contact your own dentist for a more accurate timeline.
TYPES OF BRACESBraces are individually made and change accordingly to the patients needs. The type you need will be dependent on your problem. Most people only know the classic braces. These are metal and can be easily seen from outside. They stick together with the teeth and with the help of it’s string, put stress to the jaw.
There are also other types of braces that you can get;Invisible braces: Are most common among adults. They are translucent and therefore its pretty hard to spot them. They also can be taken off whenever you want. These attributes makes them a good pick for the older users.
Ceramic braces : İs another one that you can pick. They are not metal and therefore are less visible. They also look more attractive compared to metal braces.
Linguel braces: These are completely invisible. Not because of their color or the material, but because of where they stay. These braces, instead of the front, stay at the back of your teeth. This makes them pretty much impossible to notice.