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If you are considering getting an orthodontic treatment, such as braces, for yourself, you probably have questions about what the experience will be like. With the right information and guidance, it is not scary or overwhelming. Crooked teeth can be problematic, no matter your age or your mouth condition. It has the most significant blow to your self-esteem since misalignment is often thought to be inferior. It does not matter even if you have excellent oral hygiene because some people will make negative judgments about unusually-placed choppers.
Orthodontists have a solution, and it starts with keeping a close eye on your development starting at a young age. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your first orthodontic check-up is at age 7. From there your orthodontist with recommend a treatment, if needed at that time, that uses dental appliances, such as braces, to correct misalignment, so you do not have to hide your smile. Some people think getting braces is daunting because of stories about their adverse side effects.
Do Braces Weaken Teeth?
Perhaps one of the most common questions regarding braces is whether or not they cause weakening of the enamel. The truth is that braces make the teeth move within the gums in the mouth during the whole treatment process. While they move, it does not mean they will lose or deteriorate in tooth support. However, it is essential that the patient maintains good hygiene around the gums and braces to keep the health and strength of the roots.
A small percentage of individuals experience a condition known as apical root resorption (ARR) in which the body’s cells resorb or cause gradual breakdown of the tooth roots. As a result, the roots become shorter. Orthodontists watch out for this problem by taking radiographs regularly during the treatment.
ARR cannot be predicted or prevented, but such bad case is rare. Additionally, even if the external apical root resorption is severe, studies have concluded that it will not cause any tooth weakness. The risks are higher, however, if there is too much force applied during the treatment.
Some patients experience root resorption with a symptom of slight blunting of the tips of the roots. While it will not result in long-term issues, rare situations happen at least one half of the root shortens, which can lead to significant long-term effects on tooth stability and health.
Are the Devices Painful?
Aside from weakening, some people are worried about pain when wearing braces, particularly during the tightening process. Discomfort is a complaint since braces shift the placement of the bite and the jaw as well. Tooth pain and headaches are usual discomforts, but you can take pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. This discomfort is the worst when you get them on and gets much better after the first week. After a few appointments, this pain will subside.
Will the Mouth Get Irritated?
Since braces have wires and brackets, they can cause some irritation, particularly to the inside of the mouth. For most people, the irritation does subside over time. If it remains, some products can help reduce it, such as orthodontic wax. The wax is placed over the bracket or wire to lessen the discomfort. If your gum bleeds due to sharp wires, tell your orthodontist so that he or she will fix it.
Can You Get Cavities due to Braces?
Cavities are a widespread problem not only in people with braces. They can easily be prevented with good oral hygiene. Wearers should be more mindful since improper care can lead to devastating appearance and health of their teeth instead of making them look more attractive.
White marks, also known as decalcification, along with cavities, can develop quickly if you do not brush and floss regularly to remove food and plaque. It is also essential to avoid a high sugar diet and other acidic foods to reduce tooth erosion. Daily use of fluoride rinse can also decrease the risks of decalcification.
Will it Affect my Smile?
Even with braces, you can still do everyday things, such as chewing, talking, and smiling. However, many wearers find it uncomfortable to smile because some people would call them metal mouth or tinsel grin. Therefore, wearers get conscious when they beam. Unfortunately, wearing braces can go from one to three years, depending on your situation. You surely do not want to hide your smile during that whole period.
The good news is lingual braces, such as braces by the Elite Lingual Orthodontists (ELOS), exist, which can correct misalignment invisibly. Such type of braces is similar to traditional braces since they are fixed throughout the treatment. The difference lies in the placement of the braces because they are at the back or the inside surface and not on the outside, which is the location of conventional braces.
Compared to clear aligners, they are indeed hidden. Aligners are still visible despite their claim that they are unnoticeable. You must remove them for eating. It can be such a hassle every time you are outside of the house. It also increases the chance of misplacing or losing the aligners. You will also need to wear them for at least 22 hours daily, which means you have to continually remind yourself to wear them for the mentioned length of time. Otherwise, it will take longer for it to take effect.
Here’s the Kicker
Lingual braces are for people looking for the most invisible alternative to braces. They work just like these conventional appliances by applying pressure to encourage tooth movement. They use materials, such as elastics, clips, archwires, or brackets. You can tell that they can correct dental problems just like traditional ones. However, you do not have to show off those shiny metals attached to your teeth, making them a cosmetically appealing option. Crookedness, uneven gaps or spacing, bite issues, crowding, missing or tipped choppers are easy fixing.
A lingual orthodontist is a specialist with an extra skill set who fixes these “hidden braces” so that you can smile comfortably and confidently even while wearing them. Note that not all orthodontists know how to install these dental appliances. Make sure you only entrust such procedure to the right expert. Contact ELOS orthodontists to wear these revolutionary braces today.
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