Dental braces are in high demand today. Nearly a million people in the United Kingdom started orthodontic treatment in 2013, and more adults than ever before are seeking treatment for their crooked teeth.
Orthodontic procedure is a popular dental treatment used to correct crooked teeth. Having a misaligned bite can lead to tensed muscles in the mouth and teeth wear due to difficulty in chewing. There is also a higher possibility of getting gum disease as it is often a challenge to maintain good oral hygiene.
Traditionally, braces involve attaching wires and brackets to the teeth. Over a period of an average of two years, crooked teeth will slowly straighten out. An improved facial profile and desired teeth alignment can be achieved at the end of the treatment.
People have their teeth straightened for a variety of reasons. These include:
- To improve the chewing function, and
- For better dental health – crooked teeth are difficult to manage and keep clean
Types of braces
1. Conventional braces
Also known as traditional braces, the brackets and wires are of a metal color, which come with colorful elastics used for applying steady pressure required to move your teeth. Although easily visible, this tends to be the least expensive orthodontic treatment.
2. Lingual braces
You are unable to tell that someone is wearing braces as the brackets are all hidden behind the teeth.
3. Ceramic braces
The brackets are tooth coloured. Wires can be white, transparent or of a metal colour. Wire prices differ.
4. Self ligating brackets
Brands such as Damon and Forestadent have systems to enable fast movement of teeth which shortens treatment
Popular among adults, this treatment consists of a set of clear, removable aligners which are custom-made for each patient. No wires or brackets are involved.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What’s the best age to have braces?
The ideal age to have braces is around 12 or 13, however earlier orthodontic intervention may be needed if the young patient has problems such as crossbite, severe overbite or reverse bite.
Young patients as such may require orthodontic screening and intervention as early as 7 years old.
2. How successful is orthodontic treatment?
The success of orthodontic treatment depends on the operator and the patient.
For removable appliances, it is important that the patient comply with the number of hours of wearing time.
For metal brackets, it is important for the patient to clean his/her teeth well during treatment. This is because there is an increased chance of residual food trap and plaque formation on the metal surfaces. If not, tooth decay may result.
For most, orthodontic treatment is an elective procedure. There are alternative solutions to crooked teeth, such as using veneers and/or crowns to align the teeth. The risks and benefits of each alternative can be better comprehended through discussions with your dentist.
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