Getting teeth braces is such a challenging experience but it is not scary. If you are worried about crooked teeth, there are a variety of treatments available. Crooked teeth braces or retainers are widely used to straighten the teeth.
Teenagers are worried about certain things that include bad breath, third molar, crooked teeth to name a few. Crooked teeth can be embarrassing but that doesn’t mean that you can’t correct it. There are many reasons that lead to crooked teeth such as malnutrition, genetics and others.
Crooked or misaligned teeth are very common. No matter what age are you, crooked teeth can be the biggest blow to your self-esteem. The misaligned or unusually placed teeth are considered to be inferior. It is important that crooked teeth should be corrected at a young age though it is not an issue if you are looking to align it in adulthood. There is no age limit to correct misaligned teeth, so don’t hold up further and get it fixed. You can go for braces at any age considering your gum and teeth are strong enough to adapt the procedure. This is because the braces put extra pressure on the teeth in order to align them properly.
Wisdom teeth also known as third molars grow at the back of your jaw. A lot of people think that wisdom teeth cause problems to braces, though it isn’t true as the pressure from wisdom teeth is very little to even bother braces.
What are braces?
Braces are bands or wire that hold teeth together tightly so that they are aligned properly. The good news for teenagers is that the braces now come in various colours and style and some are even invisible. You can ask your dentist to help you figure out which will be best for you.
How do Braces Work?
Braces help in straightening your teeth so that teeth are aligned properly. It works by continuously applying pressure onto teeth and slowing moving teeth in a specific alignment. With the pressure applied the bone changes its shape steadily.
Braces and its Components:
Brackets are small squares that are bonded to the front teeth using a special dental bonding agent and then are attached with an orthodontic band. There are many types of brackets such as stainless steel, ceramic or plastic. Sometimes, brackets are also attached to the back of the teeth in order to hide them.
Orthodontic bands are clear, stainless steel or tooth coloured cemented to the teeth using a bonding agent. These are wrapped around the teeth in order to hold brackets and provide an anchor. These are not used on everyone, some people use just brackets.
Spacers are placed between the teeth in order to create a small space before orthodontic bands are placed.
Arch-wires are attached to the brackets to provide a guide during the movement. Arch-wires can be made of metal or clear plastic. Ligatures hold the arch wires to the brackets. Spring may also be placed on arch-wires to push or close spaces between teeth.
Elastic or rubber bands attached to the hooks on the brackets provide pressure to achieve a perfect fit to the upper and lower teeth.
Face bow headgear, a wire gadget is used to move upper molars and correct bite discrepancies.
There are also “mini-Braces” which are a smaller option than the traditional ones. Another method to straighten the teeth is using retainers but those only when the teeth crowding is not severe.
Before you decide to put braces, consult your dentist and properly understand specific challenges. With the right dentist and the right advice on what braces to wear, it can be quite an easy job.