Dental braces are a device that is used to align and straighten the teeth and help position them with regard to a person’s bite while also working to improve dental health. This treatment is done by a dental specialist, Orthodontist, who helps fix the patient’s crooked teeth and set them in the right place with the help of braces and other orthodontic appliances. Correcting the problem helps in creating a perfect smile as well as maintaining a healthier mouth.
Ideal Time for beginning the Treatment:
Irregular teeth often become noticeable between the ages of 6 and 12. This is the age when a child’s permanent teeth erupt. So the ideal time to consult an orthodontist is 8 and 14, as this is the growing age of the child and any treatment which will begin during this time period will give optimal results.
Many people think that braces and other orthodontic appliances are made only for children and teenagers. The truth is that adult orthodontics has helped a lot of people to improve their smile.
Types of Braces:
Fixed braces are to be worn all the time and can only be removed by dentist. Removable braces are worn and removed by the patient.
Fixed Braces are of different types: metal braces, ceramic braces and lingual braces.
There is also an option for clear aligners which are removable and easy to use. These aligners help the patient to remove the appliance while eating and help the patient to maintain proper oral hygiene. These are invisible braces so can be used easily by adults who want to correct their smile but, worry about their appearance after wearing braces.
Taking Care of your Oral Hygiene:
It is very important to maintain your oral hygiene when you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. The food particles trapped between your braces lead to plaque formation which will further lead to many other dental problems. Proper brushing and flossing is highly recommended while wearing braces.