Gone are the days you had to walk around in fear of smiling or exposing your teeth. A visit to the dentist might be all you need to get that beautiful smile back. If your teeth are crooked or misaligned, you may opt for dental treatments such as braces and retainers to put them back in line.
Your dentist will carry out a series of examinations, ask you questions regarding your general health condition and take a couple of pictures of your teeth. This information along with some x-ray and photos of your face will be used to come up with the most suitable treatment plan for you.
Metal Braces, Gold Coast: Main Brace Components
Metal braces operate by applying pressure on teeth and thus moving them slowly towards a set direction. The dental bone changes its shape with the movement of teeth due to the pressure being applied thus giving your teeth a better look.
The Elastic Band: your dentist might decide to use elastic bands that will produce extra pressure on your teeth which will in turn direct your jaws and teeth towards a desired direction. The use of these bands, however, depends on your needs and is not mandatory.
Metal Brackets: these makes up the metal parts that are usually seen as attached to your teeth. They are connected using bonding material that ensures the brackets remain firmly attached to the teeth during the entire treatment period.
Ligature Elastics: these elastics also known as o-rings are changed every time you get your braces changed. You can find them in a variety of colors and shapes depending on the needs and taste of the individual.
An arch wire: this is a thin piece of metal that is attached to brackets to apply pressure on the teeth and provide the direction of alignment.
Cleaning Your Braces
To avoid tooth decay and other dental illness, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) suggests that it is important for you to ensure you properly clean your teeth during treatment. Additional brushing will be necessary especially using kinds of toothpaste and mouthwash that are rich in fluoride.
How Do They Work?
Metal braces work through the application of pressure on the teeth over a given period thus slowly direction teeth towards a specific direction. As the teeth shift, the bone changes its shape as pressure is applied.
A patient will have braces on depending on factors such as the general dental health of the patient, how serious the problem is the supporting bone, the room available for the movement of the teeth and course, how well the patient is following the dentist’s instructions. After removal, most patients will need to have a retainer on for around six months without removal and thereafter only while sleeping.
A visit to the dentist once every month or during timely periods as advised by your dentist could be necessary to ensure the braces are applying required pressure on the teeth.
Adjustments made to the braces might make your mouth sore or make you feel uncomfortable. In such cases, a painkiller provided may solve the situation. However if the problem persists or becomes unbearable, you could discuss the issue with your orthodontist to make different adjustments.