When and why are braces needed?
Metal braces are considered the most effective tool for treating overcrowding of teeth, even more so than other options such as Invisalign or clear braces. They are also ideal for straightening those misaligned, crooked, or gapped teeth as well as for treating minor underbites, crossbites, overbites and so on. For younger patients on the other hand, if they’re suffering from severe abnormal bites, a headgear is sometimes prescribed alongside, which will modify the development pattern of the patient’s face and jaw.
Traditional Metal Braces
Initially, they were the first tools used by dentists in fixing various orthodontic issues. They are made using high-quality stainless steel alloys. To install these, special adhesive cement will be used. They have specified slots that enable the archwire to pass through. The archwire is in turn attached to the brackets using rubber elastics or “ties”.
- They provide orthodontists with superior control when it comes to shifting and aligning the patient’s teeth. They can be used for treating severe orthodontic cases, which can’t be fixed using other orthodontic alternatives.
- They don’t have good aesthetic appeal thanks to visible metal wires. In addition, these have higher chances of causing soft tissue injury, especially if the patient has an accident or suffers a collision or trauma.
Length of Treatment
One of the questions that patients commonly ask their dentist before getting braces is the length of time that they need to wear them. In general, our patients need to wear them for about two to three years. The duration depends on the severity of their case as well as their age.
After the installation, patients feel some slight discomfort or pain. However, the pain usually goes away after the first week of the orthodontic treatment.
Moreover, the tension in the arch wire will gradually lessen as the teeth align. This is the reason why the tension of the archwire is often adjusted to straighten the teeth. Thus, adjustment visits are necessary.
Just like any other orthodontic treatment, braces also have a couple of limitations like the following:
- Duration of treatment
- Eating limitations
- Number of adjustment visits need to be made
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Taking Care of Braces
Aftercare is important if you want to keep your teeth and your braces good and healthy. Here are some of the things that you need to do:
- Maintain good oral hygiene – since they aren’t removable, chances are, there may be some food particles sticking to them or under the archwire. This would cause cavities and even gum infection. Because of this, orthodontists would recommend their patients to use Interdental toothbrushes. This kind of toothbrush has super fine bristles that can reach all those hard to clean spaces, especially around the braces. Therefore, it’s perfect for removing plaque and calculus deposits.
- Healthy eating habits – patients should avoid eating hard and sticky foods, especially during the first few weeks of treatment because they can cause the dislodging of the wire and brackets.
- Mouthguards – for children and adolescents who’re participating in any contact sports, wearing a mouthguard is required. This would prevent injuries, especially on the patient’s oral soft tissues, in case an impact or trauma occurs.
- Regular checkups – it’s vital to get your adjustment visits regularly so the treatment won’t be delayed. Remember to see your oral hygienist for your bi-annual cleaning.
Metal Braces in Frisco, TX
If you’re thinking of getting braces for you or your child, then don’t hesitate to come to our office in Frisco, TX and make an appointment. We’ll help you get the best care and dental treatment available for your specific case.
In addition, our dental care specialists and expert doctors will answer all of your questions so you can make your decisions confidently. We are located in the DFW metro, Texas close to The Colony and Prosper.
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