Braces are orthodontic dental appliances that are worn to treat dental malocclusions and facial deformities. Dental malocclusions are the result of misalignment of teeth. There are several consequences of misalignment such as gaps, overcrowding, and improper bite. Braces can help to gradually get rid of these dental discrepancies. The duration of your orthodontic treatment will depend on the severity of your case.
Why Choose Braces?
The purpose of wearing braces is to correct or eliminate dental malocclusions. We recommend braces as they are known to curb dental issues for a very long time. Braces, with routine checkups and follow-ups, will accurately bring the misaligned tooth back to its original place. At our practice, we offer patients with different types of braces.
- Metal braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Ceramic braces
What Do Braces Look Like and How Do They Work?
The dental appliance consists of brackets, wires, and elastic bands. Your dentist will first clean your teeth. Brackets are then attached to each tooth with the help of dental adhesives. The wires are attached to these brackets. The elastic bands will set them properly in place.
As you move your jaw, these elastic bands will apply soft force to the teeth that will gradually bring them to their correct position.
What Foods Can You Eat While Wearing Braces?
During the period of your orthodontic treatment, you may have to abstain from eating certain types of food for a certain time. Dentists advise maintaining a soft diet while wearing these appliances. The reason is to ensure that your appliances don’t break off and perform better in terms of treatment.
Dentists would advise avoiding food that is hard to bite and chew. However, you can relish your taste buds on food that are equally tasty but soft on the teeth.
How to Maintain Oral Hygiene While Wearing Braces
It is vital to maintain dental hygiene while wearing braces. We recommend you follow these tips to ensure that you maintain hygiene of the teeth while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
- Brush and floss your teeth with the help of orthodontic toothbrushes and a fluoride toothpaste. A soft toothbrush will allow you to scrape away the dirt between the teeth and the appliance without the fear of having to harm them.
- Your dentist will advise you on tips to brush your teeth thoroughly by guiding you on how to place your brush while cleaning it.
- Rinsing your teeth is important to ensure that no particles are stuck in the dental appliance.