Braces are done to realign abnormal bites or teeth malocclusion. Not only can it create a nicer-looking smile, having braces can also improve your overall oral health. It prevents problems like gum diseases, tooth decays, tooth loss, and helps to achieve proper speech and chewing.
Orthodontic treatment often begins between the ages of 8 to 14, it is the time when abnormal bites become noticeable among adolescents and teenagers. Of course, adults can also receive braces because healthy teeth can be treated at any age. Usually, the span of having braces is around 1-3 years, depending on the patient's situation.
Braces come in different forms. Traditional braces realign crooked teeth by applying pressure. Brackets which are metal or tooth colored are cemented to the teeth, and connected by a metal wire that has to be periodically tightened by the dentist or orthodontist. Removable aligners like Invisalign are also an option to consider.
It is important to maintain a healthy diet while having braces. Avoid eating sugary foods and sticky like popcorn, chewing gum, whole apples because plaque might form around the brackets which would cause stains permanently. It is also a good idea to ask your dentist about foods you should avoid during the treatment. With good maintenance on braces, everyone can achieve a healthy beautiful smile!
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.
Brian Y. Kuo DDS FAGD