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The Truth About Orthodontic Braces

 

You may be wondering if braces will damage your teeth. While braces won’t damage your teeth, sugary foods and poor cleaning can permanently damage them. Because braces trap food, they can increase plaque buildup. You should clean your braces frequently to maintain their appearance. While minor tooth movements are normal throughout your life, they are not permanent and rarely require additional orthodontic treatment. There are several myths about braces that you should know. Read on to learn about the truth about them!
Braces

The headgear is made up of a headgear tube and an elastic bow that extends out of the patient’s mouth and around their face. J-Hooks are attached to this elastic tie, which hook into the archwire and holds it in place. The headgear also comes with a lip bumper that holds back the lower molars to make more room for the other teeth. The mouthguard protects the mouth during sports activities and a palatal expander makes the upper jaw wider.

After the braces are removed, a retainer is used to keep the teeth in their new positions. Some retainers are removable, while others are bonded to the tongue side of several teeth. Sometimes, a separator or spacer is placed between the front teeth to make them appear straight. A tie wire is also used to secure the brackets to the teeth. Finally, the process of bonding and fitting orthodontic bands is completed.

Invisalign

If you are considering using Invisalign for your orthodontic treatment, you should know that this type of device does have its limitations. Although it can be a great option for many people, not everyone can wear the clear aligners. People with overcrowded teeth, an open bite, or a crossbite may find Invisalign less effective than other types of treatment. The benefits of Invisalign may outweigh the disadvantages, so it’s important to speak with an orthodontist to learn more about the product.

The process for Invisalign treatment begins with a consultation appointment. Invisalign dentists use x-rays and a 3D model of the teeth to determine what treatment is needed. Then, a series of aligner trays is custom-made by an in-house laboratory. Each tray is designed to move teeth about one-tenth of a millimeter. Patients visit their dentist at regular intervals to monitor their treatment progress.
Lingual braces

Lingual braces are similar to metal braces, but they’re a bit more complex. Instead of metal brackets, lingual braces are made to fit the patient’s mouth. These brackets are placed on individual teeth and connected to each other with wires. These wires may need to be customized for the patient. Compared to metal braces, lingual braces will require more time to complete treatment and are more expensive.

Another disadvantage of lingual braces is that they are more difficult to clean because they’re placed in a hard-to-reach part of the mouth. Regular oral hygiene is critical to maintaining a beautiful smile, but lingual braces can interfere with good hygiene. Because of the way they contact the tongue, they may also cause speech impediments. In addition to the challenges posed by lingual braces, it’s best to stick to standardized braces, which require fewer cleaning sessions.

Fixed braces

If your teeth and jaws are misaligned, your dentist may recommend fixed braces in combination with surgery to correct the problem. In more severe cases, fixed braces and surgery may be required. For more information about the two treatments, visit the British Orthodontic Society’s website. This type of orthodontic appliance can be worn with most types of food and drinks, although fizzy drinks and hard sweets can cause damage to the appliance.

The main difference between fixed braces and removable braces is that the former can be removed and are easily removable. However, wearing them requires discipline and diligence. Clear aligners, for instance, must be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day, which can cause a delay in treatment and compromise the results. Fixed braces cannot be removed, so they require more effort and dedication to keep teeth clean. They work round the clock and must be worn at all times.

Headgear

Orthodontic patients may wear headgear during treatment. These devices include a mouth yoke and a facemask. The headgear consists of a metal frame with two pads on the front of the head and elastics or wires that exert a pulling force on the patient’s teeth. These appliances must be worn for a set amount of time, usually 14-16 hours a day.

Most commonly, headgear is used in children and teenagers. Headgear is most effective during this stage of the process, as the jaws are easier to manipulate in those ages. However, in adults, it is used to close shifted teeth after extractions, or to correct a severe overbite or underbite. High-pull headgear is often used in conjunction with braces to help close a wide open bite or a severe overbite.