Dental braces are devices used in orthodontics that align and straighten teeth and help position them with regard to a person’s bite, while also aiming to improve dental health. Braces also fix gaps.
What is a good age for braces?
Patients with orthodontic problems can benefit from treatment at nearly any age. An ideal time for placement of braces is between 10 and 14 years of age, while the head and mouth are still growing and teeth are more conducive to straightening.
How long do you have to wear braces to straighten your teeth?
For the majority of patients, teeth straightening with dental braces may take anywhere between just 6 months and 2 years. Your orthodontist will be able to give you an accurate estimate of how long your braces treatment will take based on their experience treating patients of similar requirements.
Which type of braces are the best?
Here are the five most common types of braces and what situations they best work for:
Type 1: Metal Braces. Often also called “traditional braces,” metal braces have two basic components.
Type 2: Ceramic Braces
Type 3: Lingual Braces
Type 4: Self-Ligating Braces
Type 5: Invisalign
What can you not eat with braces?
Foods to Avoid With Braces
1) Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice.
2) Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice.
3) Sticky foods: caramels, gum.
4) Hard foods: nuts, hard pretzels.
5) Sugary food: candy.
6) Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots.
Dental braces offer corrective treatment for:
1] Overcrowded or crooked teeth.
2] Too much space between teeth.
3] Upper front teeth that overlap the lower teeth too much — either vertically (overbite) or
1] Upper front teeth that bite behind the lower ones (underbite).
2] Other jaw misalignment problems that cause an uneven bite.
ADULT AND BRACES
Braces can help solve some of the same problems in adults that they do in children, including crooked teeth and misaligned jaws. If you’re an adult with braces, you may need to wear them longer than a younger person would, but they can still produce similar results. Because your facial bones are no longer growing, however, there may be some problems that can’t be corrected with braces alone.
You should start flossing your child’s teeth when they touch each other. Back teeth will
usually be the ones to touch each other first. You can use a piece of dental floss or a
child’s dental flosser. Kneel in front of or to the side of your child. Floss in between all of
the touching teeth, starting in the back and working your way to the front. Be sure to
floss gently underneath the gum-line.
Admire Your Child’s Teeth
Congratulate your child for doing such a great job and compliment them on their
beautiful and shiny teeth! Praising your child could boost their self esteem, and possibly
get them interested in oral health.
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