Braces & Aligners

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Dental braces are used to align or straighten the teeth and guide the teeth to the corrected position. They are made up of wires, brackets, and bands. Braces aid to correct irregular teeth positioning, jaw correction, improvement in chewing and smile aesthetics. Your dentist is the best person to guide on treatment options and modalities depending upon dentition.

Conventional braces

Decades ago, braces consisted of a metal band around every or almost every tooth. Today, conventional braces hold wires with just a single bracket cemented on the front of the tooth. A few bands in the back anchor the wires.

A second option for conventional braces switches out metal for clear or tooth-colored ceramic.

Treatment time is usually the shortest with conventional braces. But these devices are the most noticeable, even if you have the ceramic option.

Aligners

Aligners are clear trays that are switched out every two weeks to accommodate the movement of teeth. They remain in the mouth for 20 to 22 hours per day, removed just long enough for meals and cleaning your teeth.

Aligners are less conspicuous, but they’re still not completely invisible. They don’t affect how you brush and floss your teeth unlike other types of braces.

However, aligners require the discipline to keep them in every possible moment and to switch out the trays on schedule. Shirking this responsibility sometimes means that treatment with aligners takes longer than with conventional options.

Self-ligating braces

In self-ligating braces, the wire passes through a small metal clip on the bracket. The system eliminates the need for elastic bands to help move the teeth.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are similar to conventional braces, except the brackets are cemented to the back side of tooth.

Lingual braces are virtually invisible and work just as quickly as conventional braces. However, they are custom-made and typically cost more than other options.

Regardless of the type of appliance, your orthodontist may want you to wear a retainer after treatment is complete. You might wear it part or all of the day.

POST TREATMENT CARE FOR BRACES

  • Brush & Floss twice a day to keep your teeth healthy. Healthy teeth respond better to the treatment.

  • Visit your dentist on time for follow-up checks. Make a note of your appointments and follow suggestions, if any.

  • Be patient. The treatment duration may vary depending on the case. The teeth will take the time to adjust accordingly.

DO’S

  • Try and avoid sticky food like gum or caramel

  • Ask for a mouth guard, if you play a sport

  • Consume drinks which are low on sugar content and not carbonated

  • Brush after every meal and never let food stuck on your braces

  • Visit your dentist on every follow-up

DON’TS

  • Don’t chew hard food and ice

  • Do not bite your fingernails

  • Do not consume more than one soda a week

  • Do not forget to floss like a boss