Orthodontists use a wire-based appliance to fix or correct the crooked or crowded teeth or misaligned jaws known as Dental Braces. Usually, dental braces are done during the early teenage years and adults can also benefit from wearing the braces. The main goal of the Dental Braces is to properly align the teeth and jaws for proper bite and pleasing smile. If the correction to be done is minor, then a removable and customized option called clear aligners or invisible braces are available.
Why are dental braces done?
Dental Braces is a corrective procedure and is done in the following conditions:
Overcrowded or crooked teeth
Too much space between the teeth
Overlapping of the teeth
Misalignment of the jaw, etc.
What are the risks associated with Dental Braces?
Short term risks are:
Loss of minerals from the teeth
Long term risks are:
Shorter root lengths
Loss of correction
How to reduce the risk of damaging the teeth?
Reduce the intake of starch and sugar-rich foods & beverages
Brush teeth regularly and carefully
Rinsing of mouth is necessary
Use fluoride toothpaste
Avoid sticky food
Avoid extra crunchy or hard food
Visit the dentist regularly
Follow instructions given by the dentist strictly
What are the preparations for Dental Braces?
Following preparations are done prior to Dental Braces Fixation:
X-ray to determine the position of the teeth
Plaster model to bite on for impression of your teeth
Potential tooth extraction if an individual’s mouth is overcrowded
Other orthodontic procedures if required
What are the components of Dental Braces?
Following are the components of the Dental Braces: