A smile is healthy and beautiful when the teeth are straight and well-aligned. When there is insufficient or more space in the jawbone, the teeth can come out to become crooked or there may be gaps between teeth leading to a bad bite. Orthodontics is dedicated to the study of the position of teeth and jawbone.
Orthodontic treatments are concerned with moving teeth and making necessary changes in the supporting bone such that the bite is improved which is very much essential from an oral health perspective. At our dental office, we offer comprehensive dental care to cure all dental problems of people. If you are a resident of Beaumont, California or surrounding communities, make an appointment and meet our dentist for an oral checkup. Our oral care can create a healthy smile for you.
Dental braces – What are they recommended?
Dental braces are wired appliances that are designed to apply pressure on teeth and move them in the right direction. The wire is kept in tension mode for this purpose. People undergo this treatment mostly during the teenage years but the treatment is effective even in adults. Dental braces are recommended in order to prevent long-term oral health problems and improve the efficiency of the bite.
Dental braces treatment process
Our dentist performs a thorough oral check during the first visit of the patient. If signs of malocclusion are noted, X-rays and impressions may have to be taken. An acrylic model of the dentition is created at our office to understand the bite. Our dentist recommends dental braces when the teeth are in irregular positions and there is a necessity for improvement of bite.
Malocclusion and Orthodontics
The ultimate aim of orthodontic care is to prevent and cure problems related to the bite. The upper and lower teeth come together in a bite. When the teeth are in irregular positions, there can be problems with the bite. Such conditions are called malocclusion. An orthodontic treatment is essential to move teeth in the planned directions and improve the bite. The treatment is recommended to avoid the following problems.
- Malocclusion can make it difficult to maintain oral hygiene
- It can make a smile less interesting
- It can reduce chewing efficiency
- Malocclusion can affect speech
Dental braces consist of brackets and wires. First the teeth and gums are cleaned using professional techniques. Tooth decay if found during the course, must be treated before application of braces. Once the dentition is ready for application of braces, our dentist marks the position of brackets. Teeth are dried and adhesives and dental cement are used to bond the brackets over the teeth. The wires are then fit in the brackets in tension mode. Initially, the patient may feel some discomfort since there is pressure over teeth. Once the teeth start to move the discomfort reduces. The patient is advised to visit the dental office periodically to check the progress of treatment and get the wires tightened. The treatment may take about 18 months or more depending on the case.
On completion of treatment, our dentist recommends the use of retainers to ensure that the teeth remain in new positions and do not fall back.