April 13, 2019Uncategorized
- Many people have less than straight and perfectly aligned teeth. Risks are
greater risk of tooth decay, uneven forces on some teeth causing bone resorption
and periodontal problems, and sometimes excessive pressure on the
tempromandibular joint and cosmetic embarrassment for cosmetic reasons.
A malocclusion is incorrect relationship between the top and bottom teeth
resulting in misaligned bite, open bite, deep bite, under bite and cross bites are
examples. Orthodontic braces are one way to correct malaligned teeth and
malocclusions. Braces consist of brackets and molar bands cemented to the
teeth, an arch wire is threaded through the brackets and apply forces on the
teeth pushing them in the desired direction. Treatment time can vary from a year
to two or more according to the severity and complexity of the misalignment.
Braces are usually made of stainless steel, but are also available in other
materials like ceramic braces which are the least visible braces because they are
close to the color of the teeth.
Hygiene is very important if braces are worn, regular brushing and flossing using
a floss threader
- especially if there is difficulty in flossing. Cleaning around the bracket with a
proxy brush is also recommended.
After braces are taken off, a retainer has to be worn for some time so the teeth
don’t drift back towards their original locations . The two most common types are
Essex retainer which is clear and fits over your teeth and Hawley retainer which
has a wire incorporated in it are the most commonly used retainers.
Braces will allow you to enjoy a beautiful smile.