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Braces

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Braces - fixed appliance

You will need to get your teeth and gums examined before your braces are placed. You should make sure that you visit your school dental clinic or dentist, even if you already have braces.

Braces can be removable or fixed

Fixed braces are made up of bands and brackets that are either cemented or bonded to your teeth. They also have thin metal wires that are designed to gently push your teeth into the proper position.

A coloured plastic ring or steeled ligature is used to tie the wire into the brackets. Clips can also be used to hold the wires in the case. If clips are used, then ties are not needed. Braces can be made out of metal, plastic or tooth-coloured ceramic. Ordinary braces are placed on the front of the teeth. Braces can also be placed on the back of your teeth. These are referred to as lingual braces.

If you still have baby teeth left or are still growing, then removable braces may be used. Functional removable braces are used to normalize your bite by changing your jaw growth.

Step by step process of fixed braces treatment

The First Visit

During the first visit, photos, impressions and x-rays will be taken. Your dentist will use these records to plan your treatment. In many cases, the permanent teeth are removed if there is not enough space in the jaw for them. These teeth are extracted before or right after you get your braces.

The Second Visit

Your orthodontist will explain the type of braces that are right for your condition. He or she will also explain the treatment plan in detail.

The Third Visit

The brackets will be bonded, and the bands will be cemented to the front of your teeth.

Subsequent Visits

You will need to see the dentist every four to eight weeks after you get braces. Adjustments will be made during your visit. This may include thing such as adding elastics, springs or other accessories. It may also include changing the wires.

After your treatment is completed

During your debanding appointment, your braces will be removed. After that, the cement will be removed, and your teeth will be polished. An impression will be taken after the braces are removed. The impression is used to make your retainer, which will help hold your teeth in their new position.

How long will I have to wear braces?

Most people will need to wear their braces for two or three years. Keep in mind that you will have to make time to see your dentist every four to eight weeks throughout this time. This will help you get the most out of your treatment plan.

What affect will braces have on my daily life?

Speech: Fixed braces usually do not affect your speech. However, your speech may be affected if you have a palatal expander placed inside of your mouth. Additionally, you will have to take a little bit of time to learn how to speak properly with braces if you have lingual braces.

Playing musical instruments: It will probably take you about one or two weeks to play the musical instruments as skilfully as before you got braces.

Brushing your teeth: Braces can make it harder for you to clean your teeth. Make sure that you brush after every meal and snack because that will help prevent tooth decay. You also need to spend at least five minutes brushing in the morning and at night. Your toothbrush will wear out quickly, and you may need to replace it more often.

Diet and eating restrictions: Biting large amounts of food or eating especially hard food can cause the bands or brackets to dislodge. It can also damage the wires. For that reason, you will need to avoid eating nuts and biting on pencils or nails. You can eat hard fruit if you wish, but you should it into small and thin slices.

Additionally, you should avoid food and beverages that are high in sugar. Soft drinks and sweets are examples of the types of foods and drinks that you want to avoid consuming. Sugary foods and beverages can increase the risk of tooth decay.

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