Learn More About Types Of Braces
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How Do Braces Work?
Braces are one of the most common treatments for misaligned teeth. They are made up of a system of metal wires and brackets that are attached to the teeth. The wires apply gentle pressure to the teeth, gradually moving them into their proper position. In some cases, springs or rubber bands may be used to increase the amount of force applied to the teeth.
The length of time braces must be worn will vary from person to person, but it is typically between 18 and 24 months. After their braces are removed, patients need to wear a retainer to help keep their teeth in their new position. Braces, when used correctly, can be an effective treatment for misaligned teeth, improving both the function and appearance of your smile.
Types Of Braces Available
Most people envision metal braces when they think of braces. Metal braces, popular among children and teenagers, are also one of the most effective options. They are typically made of stainless steel and include brackets, thin wire, and tiny plastic rubber bands.
When first applied, our orthodontists at CT Braces use a special adhesive that is safe for oral use to attach the brackets to the teeth. Threading a thin wire through them and securing the rubber bands keeps them in place. Depending on your treatment plan, the wire is tightened every four to six weeks, applying consistent pressure until your teeth shift into perfect alignment. You can expect to wear metal braces for 12-24 months, depending on the level of adjustments required.
Rubber bands used on metal braces are also available in a variety of colors, allowing you to match them to your personal style. Many people coordinate the colors with their favorite sports team, holidays, and other events.
Ceramic braces are very similar to metal braces in that the brackets are made of tooth-colored ceramic material. Some teens and adults prefer these braces because they blend in with your natural smile and are more discreet. The wires threaded through the brackets of your clear braces are still made of stainless steel, but they are far less visible than metal braces.
While ceramic braces are just as effective as metal braces, they are less durable and may not be suitable for every patient.
What To Expect In Your First Week With Braces
You’re probably wondering what to expect in terms of soreness and discomfort if you’re getting braces for the first time. It’s normal to experience soreness and tenderness in your mouth and jaw after getting braces for the first time, as your teeth adjust to the new pressure. This pain usually lasts a few days to a week.
Eat soft foods and avoid hard or crunchy foods that may irritate your gums to help alleviate the discomfort. You can use orthodontic wax to cover up sharp edges or brackets that are irritating your mouth if you’re having difficulty eating or speaking. You should feel more at ease with your new braces after about a week.
One of the most significant changes that come with getting braces is your new brushing routine—brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled, small-headed toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste after each meal is crucial when you have braces. Using a powered toothbrush can help you clean your teeth more thoroughly.
Make sure the toothbrush head is at a 45-degree angle to the gum line as you gently brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth and the inside of your mouth. Use short, gentle back-and-forth strokes to brush the chewing surfaces and the inside surfaces of your front teeth. Take special care around your brackets and other appliances.