It’s time to embrace braces

Dental CosmeticsMore than 200,000 people in England started treatment with braces last year. Though most of these people were children, there are also many different options available for adults too. Invisible braces are a popular and effective means for straightening adult’s teeth and there are now many more choices than ever before.

It is time to get the best out of your teeth. Having straighter teeth can improve your ability to eat, bite and chew with more comfort and less concern about food being trapped in awkward places. Vogue Dental Care in Luton is one dental practice that can offer a wide variety of invisible braces to suit every lifestyle.

What are invisible braces used for?

Invisible braces can be used to straighten crooked, crowded or protruding teeth and close gaps between teeth. Some fixed invisible braces options can also be used to correct the bite of your teeth, in order for the top and bottom teeth to meet properly when you close your mouth.

What are the options?

  • Six Month Smiles, an express invisible braces treatment that can straighten teeth in around just six months;
  • Invisalign, a popular brand that uses a series of almost invisible clear removeable aligners that gently guide your teeth into place quickly and easily;
  • Inman Aligner, a discreet system using just one thin metal wire to straighten your teeth, making them less conspicuous than traditional fixed metal braces.

Invisible braces can be both fixed for a set period, usually for more complex cases, or removable, meaning you can take them out for brushing, flossing and eating. However, it is important to note that when using removeable braces, they will still need to be worn for usually at least 20–22 hours a day to be effective.

Aftercare

It is vital that during treatment and after its complete, you take good care of your teeth by brushing and flossing regularly and keeping up with routine dental check-ups. A good dentist will also encourage you to look at reducing bad habits such as smoking and give you advice as to which foods and drinks are best to cut down on to ensure good dental health.

Happy Faces Wear Braces!

Girl with Ceramic BracesA dentist will usually recommend a brace in order to improve a patient’s facial appearance, both externally and inside the mouth itself. Crooked and crowded teeth, overbites, underbites and crossbites, misaligned jaw and jaw disorders, if left untreated can cause serious problems. The list includes problems with speaking, biting or chewing food and also headaches or earaches, in addition to ongoing general dental pain.

When to get a brace

Dental patients at popular practices such as Ace Dental in Camden can benefit from braces at any age – though the ideal time would be between the age of 10 and 14, while the jawbone and head are still growing. Straightening teeth is easier at this stage. However, braces are not reserved only for children, they are increasingly rapidly in popularity in adults, due to the new options available.

What are the options?

The most popular type of braces is the more traditional bracket form, which are bonded to the teeth. They come in metal, ceramic or plastic and can be customised into different colours to make them more appealing to children. The ceramic type of brace can be either totally clear or tooth coloured, so they are often practically invisible. Another option is the concealed brace, which attaches to the back of the teeth and is completely hidden.

Newer braces, such as Invisalign, are not totally fixed. Patients are able to remove them to brush, floss or eat if required. This type of brace is only suitable for milder problems.

How long do I have to wear them for?

This depends on each individual case. In general, the more complicated the problem, the longer the course of treatment. For most people treatment is between 12 and 24 months in total.

Is it uncomfortable?

Your teeth will be gently guided into the correct new position, meaning that your teeth and jaws might feel slightly sore at times, but discomfort levels are generally very low.

Aftercare

It is important to cut down on habits that may cause decay and gum disease during the treatment. Very sticky sweets, particularly crunchy snacks like nuts can cause aggravation of the brace and so must be avoided. During and after treatment, maintaining a good standard of oral hygiene is more important than ever.

Subconscious Habits that May Cause Serious Damage to Dental Braces

BracesAs physical appearance matters a great deal these days, good oral health became a strong indicator of overall wellbeing and success. To keep the teeth healthy and attractive, more and more people consider getting dental braces. The purpose of the treatment is to correct misaligned and crooked teeth.

A number of studies reveal that the benefits of having properly aligned teeth go beyond just aesthetics. As a matter of fact, orthodontic treatment may improve speech defects and boost one’s self-esteem. To ensure the braces work successfully, however, this requires effort on the part of the patient. Dental professionals, like Blue Sky Dentistry, note that it includes knowing what subconscious habits to avoid, which may potentially result in serious problems during the dental treatment.

Excessive Snacking

For many people, eating snacks has become automatic. They can do it in front of the television, in the car and even in bed. When a person is craving for something, it is easy to forget the diet plan that may lead to overeating. That increases the acidity level in the mouth and damages the braces. Excessive snacking may cause enamel erosion around the areas of the wires and brackets. To cut back on snacking, it is advisable to keep a food diary and eat only healthy snacks.

Nail Biting

Another subconscious habit that may damage teeth and braces is nail biting. This is just as bad as crunching on ice and chewing objects, such as bottle tops and pens. Nail biting often stems from stress, which may cause wires to snap the brackets off. To kick this habit, keeping nails painted and short may help.

Improper Brushing Techniques

Many believe that brushing too hard can make teeth cleaner and appear more visibly white. This, however, is a common misconception. Over brushing may not only damage the braces, but the delicate tissue of the gums as well. Brushing and flossing teeth is important, and doing it right is part of better oral health.

These subconscious habits may do more harm than good, prolonging the length of the orthodontic treatment. It is important to take care of the braces properly to reap the benefits.