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Beautiful Smile

Dental braces are custom-made appliances that are temporarily fixed to the teeth to straighten and align irregularities or problems like crooked teeth, misalignment, teeth crowding or bad bites. These dental braces are either made of metal or ceramic or plastic. They are either removable or glued to the teeth. By applying a constant, gentle force dental braces guide the teeth to the correct position. If you think appearance is the only thing affected by crooked teeth you are wrong. Crooked teeth are not only detrimental to your dental health but can also affect your overall health.

The Procedure
A cheek retractor is placed to keep the teeth visible and dry during the entire procedure. The orthodontist will thoroughly clean and dry your teeth. Then an adhesive primer is applied onto the teeth with a swab to enhance the bonding process. The dental cement is placed onto the back side of the brackets and glued to your teeth. The brackets are hardened into place with a high-intensity curing light. Now the retractor is removed and the arch wires are fitted into the brackets and secured with ligatures.

The Ideal Candidate
You are an ideal candidate if you

  • Are experiencing minor or serious orthodontic problems like spaced teeth, crooked teeth, crowded teeth, cross-bites, over-bites or under-bites
  • Have good oral health with no untreated cavities
  • Are free from any periodontal diseases
  • Have a commitment to wear braces as directed and follow the treatment guidelines
  • Have a dedication to fix your smile
  • Have a realistic expectation of the outcome of the procedure

The Time Frame
The length of the treatment depends upon your age, dental health, the space available, the severity of the misaligned teeth, the distance that is required to move the teeth and your willingness to follow the instructions. Generally the procedure may take anywhere from a few months up to two years.

The Side Effects
Pain and discomfort as the sharp components of the braces can irritate the oral mucous membrane resulting in ulceration. Tooth root resorption due to excessive orthodontic force, extraction of permanent teeth to make room in an overcrowded mouth, loss of enamel, cavitation infections and metal poisoning are some of side effects of orthodontic braces.

The Risks Involved
Inadequate aesthetics and function, decalcification and cavities, ankylosis, unanticipated length of treatment and periodontal diseases are some of the potential risks associated with wearing braces. Moreover, rapid jaw growth can throw the braces strategy off balance. There is also a risk of relapse if retainers are not worn.

The Recovery
It will take about two weeks to get over the initial discomfort caused by the braces. Your teeth may feel sore and the braces will also irritate your gums and tongue until you get used to it. You will also experience mild pain and discomfort when adjustments are made to the braces. After the braces have been removed a retainer is placed to hold your teeth in its new position and prevent it from shifting.

The Impact
Braces provide not just a straight set of teeth but a broader smile as well as enhanced facial balance and aesthetics. Your photo ops will show a gorgeous looking smile and the only thing you have to do is get ready for all the compliments that start flowing your way.

The best way to choose the right type of braces for you is to schedule an initial consultation with your dentist. He will provide information on which braces is best suited for your particular problem, lifestyle and budget. Remember, braces can be customized to perfectly conform to your teeth and assure a comfy fit. With the right dental braces you are not just straightening your teeth but also raising your confidence levels together with greater aesthetics. It’s time to show off your smile more readily!

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