Braces aren’t just for teenagers. Our jaw, gum and teeth are always changing over time. The most effective method for correcting ‘crooked teeth’ is through dental braces.
Good News: Modern dental braces are virtually invisible!
Read on to find out on the 6 things people should know before getting braces.
1. Do I really need braces?
First impressions are the most lasting ones. The initial impact your smile makes at a social occasion or at a business event is indelibly registered by those you meet. If you happen to have crooked or unsightly teeth, the reaction you evoke in others may be negatively influenced.
An orthodontist can rectify this situation by straightening your teeth with braces or clear braces such as Invisalign.
2. What’s the best age for braces?
Children and adults will benefit greatly from correction of misaligned teeth as straighter looking teeth will help boost confidence and self-esteem. Studies have shown that psychosocial effects of misaligned teeth can have negative impact on a person’s wellbeing. This can include being bullied at school to losing that next job interview due to facial appearance. In addition to improving your smile, braces can serve other purposes too. If you have misaligned teeth, they can lead to a ‘bad bite”, which in turn, can prevent you from chewing your food properly. Over a period of time, your powerful jaw muscles can cause great damage as each bite that you take results in putting stress on your teeth, causing them to crack or split.
3. What are the disadvantage of ‘crooked teeth’?
There are a number of other problems that improperly positioned teeth can cause.
Accumulation of dental plaque – Uneven teeth can result in the formation of plaque, a sticky deposit, which forms on your teeth, in which bacteria proliferate. If left unattended for any length of time, dental plaque can lead to yellow teeth and bad breath.
If this condition is left unattended for an extended period, the continued presence of harmful bacteria in your mouth results in your body’s immune system working overtime. This can cause inflammation and systemic disease.
Dental caries – Tooth decay or caries is a breakdown of teeth due to the activity of unhealthy bacteria. This disease starts with the softening of tooth enamel and quickly progresses to a condition where a cavity develops leading to the tooth getting progressively destroyed.
Gum disease – Unhealthy teeth will result in an inflammation of the gums that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. Apart from being painful, gum disease can lead to bleeding and permanent damage to your teeth.
4. What are the treatment for ‘crooked teeth’?
Fortunately, problems caused by crooked or misaligned teeth can be rectified in most cases with the use of traditional metal braces or by using clear braces like Invisalign System. These work by exerting a gentle pressure over time to straighten teeth that are growing, or have already grown, out of place.
The treatment is painless and usually stretches over a period of six months to two years. The time taken to align your teeth is dependent upon a number of factors including the complexity of your case and the goals and objectives of your treatment. An experienced and qualified orthodontist will be able to tell you how long the process should take in your case.
5. Common myths about getting braces
Many people misunderstand the utility of braces or a system like Invisalign. While it is true that straightening your teeth can have a very positive cosmetic effect, orthodontic treatment also serves to prevent serious health problems.
It is advisable to initiate orthodontic treatment at an early age and the initial evaluation should be done when the child is about seven years old. But adults can also get their teeth straightened and there is no upper age limit for starting treatment. The only condition is that your gum tissue around the teeth should be healthy and that your teeth are caries free.
6. Can you afford NOT getting braces?
The cost of orthodontic treatment may seem high at first glance, but if you consider the diseases that can result due to misaligned teeth, the amount you spend on braces or Invisalign is relatively minor.
Orthodontic treatment can result in life long dental and health benefits in addition to improving your appearance and confidence. Remember, you never have a second chance to make a first impression!
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