Everything there is to know about braces

 In Cosmetic Dentistry

During a visit to the dental clinic, your dentist at Northview Dental in Keystone may recommend that you get braces. You agree that this is the best course of action. Sometime later, all the preparation work is done, and the braces will soon be applied to your teeth. Y

The thought of finally having braces put in might jangle your nerves, so it helps to prepare yourself some more. Knowing what to expect as well as how to proceed with your routine with braces will help calm those jitters when you finally settle into the dental chair to get those dental devices.

Here are crucial things you must know about braces:

Purpose

Traditional metal braces move the position of your teeth gradually. They are some of the most commonly used dental devices for straightening crooked teeth, but they can also be fitted for other reasons like making space for misbehaving wisdom teeth, correcting under/overbites, and fixing jaw problems.

Types

When you hear the word braces, the first thing that can come to your mind is the image of old metal braces. Well, these are the most commonly used type of braces. But with the advancement of science and technology, you now have other options. These include:

  • Less visible or white braces
  • Back braces or those worn behind the teeth
  • Clear braces or those that are invisible and removable

Remember though that these options are more expensive and are not suitable for everybody.

Duration of the Treatment

How long you should wear your braces will depend on your dental condition. But normally, this runs from 18 months to two years. It can be shorter or longer than expected based on the work that must be done and how you care for teeth. Once your braces are removed, you need to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original position. Always wear your retainer to prevent getting another set of braces in the future.

Maintenance

Braces can make it more difficult for you to give your teeth and gums a good clean. Of course, you have to make sure that you remove all the food particles and plaque buildup. If not, you will be left with a bit of staining once your braces come off. You can use pipe-cleaner-style flossing sticks.

Furthermore, do not use mouthwash or toothpaste that contains whitening agents. These products can cause discoloration because they won’t reach some parts of the enamel behind the braces.  

Discomfort

Braces hurt a bit when you first wear them and each time you have them adjusted, which happens every four to six weeks. However, the pain will soon go away; some painkillers and gel can do the trick.

Also, you might find your gums, lips and the insides of your cheeks a bit painful, which is not surprising because your mouth is full of metal scraping against them.  Again, these will soon toughen up. Your dentist can give you a type of wax that you can roll into little balls and apply over any rough bits.

Your mouth will feel somewhat strange when you first get your braces, but you will get used to this pretty soon enough. Do not hesitate to contact your Northview Dental dentist about the questions you may have in mind before deciding to get your braces.

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