Braces and Teeth Straightening
Enjoy straighter, healthier teeth for life
Contrary to popular belief, orthodontic treatments are used for more than just improving a patient’s smile. Crooked and misaligned teeth can pose many oral health and hygiene problems, including the inability to clean them properly and exposing gaps for food (and consequently, bacteria) to become lodged.
Given the rapid rate at which youth and adolescents’ mouths develop, it is not surprising that many younger patients need braces. 10-14 is the ideal age range for orthodontics, as this is when a person’s teeth are most easily adjusted. Although it is usually quicker and easier to straighten the teeth in children and teens, adults continue to represent a large number of orthodontics’ patients.
No matter what age you are, your dentist will take x-rays of your mouth before determining that you need braces. If the procedure is approved, he or she will schedule an appointment to have them inserted. Once in place, the braces will stay on anywhere from six months to two years; some patients can have them removed sooner, but this is typically not the norm.
Although orthodontics do make normal dental hygiene a bit more troublesome, the most important thing you can do is maintain your regular oral health habits. In fact, you will actually want to pay more close attention to your routine brushing, flossing, and mouthwash use than you normally would, since food particles can get wedged between your braces and teeth.
Watching what you eat and cleaning your teeth after every meal is crucial in preventing bacteria buildup. Not doing so can lead to a number of problems, such as gum disease, general tooth decay, and staining/discoloration. Composed of a series of metal bands and wires, conventional braces are bonded to the front of the patient’s teeth to gradually move them into proper position.
Please note that multiple types of braces are available; your dentist will chose the one best suited for your teeth straightening needs. While the kind most people think of are the ones visible from the front, an alternative style known as lingual braces have witnessed increased popularity.
These are hooked to the backside of the patient’s teeth and are thus less visible. However, the main advantage traditional braces have over their lingual counterparts is ease of cleaning. One must therefore decide whether aesthetics or hygiene are their top priority; most dentists will not recommend the use of lingual braces if the individual’s teeth are at a greater risk of bacterial buildup and infection.
Correcting your bad bite, also known as malocclusion, is possible with orthodontics treatments from Pakerhill Dental. We use metal and clear braces, and treat patients of all ages. Let us help you create a personalized teeth straightening and treatment plan today!