ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT(TEETH STRAIGHTENING)
Having a beautiful, even smile can make you feel great, and do wonders for your self Confidence.
There are numerous problems that orthodontics is meant to treat. Some of these can include gaps between the teeth, impacted teeth, a overbite or crooked teeth. If your smile doesn’t line up correctly and you have a crooked bite, then gently moving the teeth through orthodontic treatment may get your teeth back in the right order, giving you a smooth, straight smile and a well-aligned bite. This full process can take anywhere from 10 months to one and half year for completion depending on the case.
By aligning the teeth, the forces exerted on them when you chew, talk or simply move your jaw about are balanced. That means better long term health for your teeth, gums and jawbone. Even teeth are also much easier to keep clean, which means there’s less chance of cavities and gum disease.
What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?
If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist. Many people mistakenly think that braces are only available for children, but in fact orthodontics can be used to benefit just about any age group. The American Association of Orthodontist recommends that children first visit to an orthodontist should be around the age of seven.
Types of Braces
1. Metal brackets are very strong and can withstand most types of treatment. At first they may irritate your gums, but after a few weeks, when your cheeks get “toughened up” they are not a problem anymore. Most traditional metal braces require an elastic o-shaped rubber band, called a ligature to hold the arch wire onto the bracket. Sometimes orthodontists use metal tie wires (little wires which are twisted around the bracket) in place of elastic ligatures.
2. Ceramic brackets are transparent and blend in with the teeth. They are made of composite materials. They are very strong and generally do not stain. The ligatures (tiny rubber bands) that hold the arch wire on to the ceramic brackets are often white or clear. They blend in with most teeth. They are not very noticeable at a distance or in photos. Some people feel that they are more comfortable than metal and irritate your gums less. Contrary to what you may have heard, ceramic brackets do not usually break or come off your teeth. They are very strong, and if bound with plasma light, stay on as well as metal brackets.
3. Lingual braces (Invisible Braces) are placed behind your teeth, and are therefore virtually invisible to other people. Usually, lingual brackets are made of metal. The obvious benefit of this type of treatment is that no one will know that you are wearing lingual braces unless they look inside your mouth.