Dental Braces 101

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There was a time when only kids and young adults wore braces but these days, college kids and even some adults who can afford it are turning to braces for corrective measures.  As experts have pointed out, there is no age limit to wearing braces, as long as the patient has healthy gums and bones to support it, braces can be worn.  Adults wear braces plainly because their parent could not afford it when they were younger.

Yup. Dental braces can be a symbol of social status in some areas but what are braces exactly? Simply put, dental braces are a form of treatment that helps correct underbites or overbites. If you are a little confused, there’s a difference between a dentist and an orthodontist. While both professionals are concerned with the care and maintenance of your dental health, orthodontists have extra units of study and they specialize in treatments and procedures to rectify misaligned teeth.

A part of the orthodontist’s arsenal is the dental brace. Before proceeding however, the orthodontist will conduct a variety of tests to measure the stability/strength of the patient’s jaw. The orthodontist will take X-rays and from there – he or she – will come up with recommendations and the proper course of action.

There are different types or styles of braces available, and fortunately, the ghastly full-metal mouth of old are being left behind now as orthodontists are opting for more aesthetically pleasing treatments for their patients.

Braces work through the continuous application of pressure, forcing the teeth to move and the concerned bones to reshape. The length of the treatment depends on the problem. The more severe it is, the longer it will take to set the teeth and the bones to set.

During this time, the patient should visit the orthodontist regularly. A once a month visit will allow the orthodontist to check on the treatment and adjust the wires and springs of the braces. After treatment, patients will have to wear retainers. These are usually prescribed to be worn daily for six months; afterwards, patients can wear them only at night. This process is a lifetime commitment to ensure that teeth and bones do not revert back to their original crooked alignments. 

A nice, perfect smile takes a lot of maintenance. Together with the retainers, keep teeth healthy and strong by practicing good oral hygiene.

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