Braces: Frequently Asked Questions

Why wear braces/clips? 

Braces help to straighten crooked and misaligned teeth. They also help to correct overlapping and turned teeth. They also ensure that the teeth in the upper jaw align with the teeth in the lower jaw and that a person has an even bite. Most of all they ensure that a person has a beautiful, confident smile with perfectly aligned teeth.  

At what age should I wear braces? 

The earlier you wear it the easier it will be to correct the teeth. Dentists can diagnose crooked or misaligned teeth as early as when the child is 7 years old. But there is no age bar as anyone who wants a beautiful smile can avail of this treatment.  

How do braces work? 

Braces work by putting slow and constant pressure on the teeth and slowly moving them until they turn and are straightened and come to the correct position. It even makes the bones under the teeth to change into the correct shape. For traditional braces, the wire that is attached to the brackets works to put pressure on the teeth to move to a specified direction. 

Are braces painful? 

Pain is a strong word. When fixing the braces there can be a certain amount of discomfort or soreness that can be felt. Initially  can also feel weird having a foreign material inside your mouth at all times. Over the time you will forget and get used to it. There can be small amounts of pain as the teeth are being moved and which can be relieved by a painkiller. But if pain persists you must visit the dentist.  

What are the Types of braces: 

There are many types of braces that people can use depending on the severity of the problem and their age and also what they want. Braces generally have brackets that are fitted onto the teeth with metal wires fitted into them and tightened. 

  • METAL WIRED BRACES: Most common and traditionally used braces. They consist of metal brackets made of stainless steel and fixed onto the teeth and the metal wires are secured on the brackets using rubber bands.
  • CERAMIC WIRED BRACES: These are also called ‘clear braces’ and are a cosmetic alternative to the traditional braces. Here the brackets are made of ceramic and in the color of the teeth so that they do not stand out much. The downside is that they break easily. 
  • LINGUAL BRACES: These braces are placed behind the teeth (the side facing inside the mouth) and are not easily visible. It is basically used for cosmetic purposes and lengthens the time of treatment. 
  • CLEAR ALIGNERS: These braces are made of clear plastic and without the use of brackets and wires. These are comfortable to use but the treatment is very limited and cannot be used for more severe cases.

How long should we wear braces? 

The length of time one should wear braces varies from person to person. It usually depends on many factors and the dentist will decide that according to the particular patient’s condition. Generally, braces remain on for 1- 1 &1/2 years.  

What are retainers? 

Retainers are dental appliances that maintain the new position of your teeth after the treatment. This needs to be done because teeth have a tendency to move back into their original positions because the teeth will not be fully fixed and stable.  

Retainers are custom made and are made with metal wires and acrylic material. They can either be removable or fixed. 

Do I need to wear retainers after braces? 

Yes. You must definitely wear retainers after braces, otherwise the teeth that are not stabilized and secure will start moving back to the original position and all the work done will be lost.  

How long should we wear retainers? 

Retainers should be worn always for 6 months after the braces are removed. And then they should be worn every night while sleeping for a year depending on the severity of the problem. 

Here at Praveen Dental, our experienced doctor uses cutting edge technology and tools for treating problems involving crooked and misaligned. Patients can avail a wide variety of services including different types of braces and techniques. Visit us at Praveen Dental for more detailed information.

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