Braces Treatment

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that diagnoses, prevents and treats irregularities of the teeth, jaw and the face.

Crowded teeth are difficult to clean and maintain. This may lead to an increased rate of cavities, gum disease and eventual tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal tooth wear and malalignment of jaw joints resulting is chronic headaches. When left untreated, many orthodontic problems become worse. Treatment of original problems is often easier, faster & less costly than treatment of more serious problems that develop in later years.

ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT

Removable Appliances plays only supporting role in comprehensive treatment. They are an important part of preliminary treatment for preadolescents, adjunctive treatment for adults and retention for all types of patients. Removable appliances can be cleaned out of the mouth with toothbrush & toothpaste. Teeth & gums are brushed and flossed as usual with the appliance out of the mouth.

Fixed Appliances can produce any type of tooth movement. Fixed appliances remain in place throughout the treatment period. In fixed appliances brackets, bands & wires are generally used.

HOW THE BRACES FEEL

Most people have some discomfort after their braces are first placed or when adjusted during treatment. After the braces are on, teeth may become sore and may be tender to biting pressures for three or five days. The lips cheeks & tongue may also become irritated for one or two weeks as they gradually become accustomed to the rough surface of the braces. Overall, Orthodontic discomfort is short lived and easily managed.

Fixed appliances maintanance require more precision and time and must be done after every meal. Patient should use interdental brush and orthodonticbrush as advised by the dentist.

Patient must be careful to avoid, hard and sticky foods. They must not chew on pens, pencils or fingernails, because chewing on hard things can damage the braces. Damaged braces will almost always cause treatment to take longer and will require extra visits to the dental office.