WHEN DO YOU NEED BRACES?
Whether for cosmetic reasons, bite correction or better dental hygiene, orthodontic braces are often a necessity. After all, most of us are not lucky enough to be born with perfect teeth! And that is why, Dr. Koch and his orthodontic team at Koch Orthodontics in Lawrenceville & Loganville, GA stay updated with the latest in orthodontic advances to help you with all your braces needs.
How Do Braces Work?
Braces are the most common solution for orthodontic problems, and are very effective and efficient for treatment. Braces have advanced significantly in the past 20 years. While older versions were uncomfortable and easily noticeable, modern braces are designed with lightweight materials and are smaller in size.
Here’s how braces work:
- Brackets (braces) are bonded to the front of the teeth using orthodontic glue that is like dental filling material. This material cleans off easily at the end of treatment.
- Wires pass through the brackets and put gradual pressure on the teeth, moving them into the correct position over time.
- Braces need to be adjusted every few months, to maintain the ideal tension and pressure on teeth that need correction.
- Teeth are usually straight within 6-12 months, but root alignment and bite correction may take a few years to correct in some cases.
The options for braces are metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, self-ligating braces and invisible braces.
Generally, teeth braces have to be worn from 18 months up to 2 years.
Teeth braces don’t hurt, but when they are fixed, you may experience some pressure and soreness.
Eating with braces requires you to make a few dietary adjustments. Foods you can eat with braces.
You should brush your teeth at least twice every day and floss at least once a day. After thorough flossing, you should brush your teeth, brackets and wires in your mouth to ensure all the food particles are removed.
No, braces will not interfere with your school activities. However, it is recommended that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouth guard when participating in sports activities.
Your orthodontist will be able to answer this better, but patients may be prescribed to wear retainers every day for 4-6 months. This is the average time it takes for your teeth to stay set in their new positions.