Frequently Asked Questions on Braces – Part 1

Questions about Braces | Frequently Asked Questions on Braces 

An attractive smile is a priceless asset. Improving your appearance at any age gives a tremendous boost to self-esteem, self-confidence, and a healthy self-image. The Orthodontic team from Dr.Smilez Group of Dental Centers aims to demystify some of the common Questions about Braces treatment.

1. Why Braces?

There are many reasons for undergoing braces treatment. Most importantly, they improve your smile and confidence. Braces also correct bites allowing easier chewing and better speech. They eliminate tooth interferences that can cause joint problems; they align teeth so patients can clean between teeth, and they eliminate harmful wear patterns that destroy your teeth and gums.

2. What is the correct age to start braces treatment?

All ages! From primary school through retirement, you can enjoy the benefits of a beautiful, more comfortable smile. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, orthodontics can improve your smile.

3. How do braces move teeth?

During the time the braces are on the teeth, the teeth will move because of the pressure created by the wire and elastics. As the teeth become straighter they move less.

4. How long does it take to straighten teeth?

The time required to straighten teeth will depend on the degree of malalignment or protrusion of the teeth. It can vary between 6 months to 2 years.

5. Is it possible to correct crooked teeth, protruding teeth and teeth gaps with braces?

Yes. It is possible to correct all the above situations with braces

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6. Do braces hurt?

It is not painful to have braces. However, there may be a little pressure feeling in the first 24 hours from the pressure from the wire. As the teeth start moving there may be some discomfort from the wire pressing on the gums which can be corrected by adjusting the wire length.

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7. What are the different types of braces?

Braces can be divided based on metal or ceramic braces. Metal braces are made of medical grade stainless steel and ceramic braces are made of high-density ceramic. While metal braces have a metallic color, ceramic braces are transparent. Other types of braces are the lingual braces which are placed behind the teeth and are invisible.

8. I am allergic to metal, will ceramic braces be suitable for me?

Yes, Ceramic braces are inert and do not cause allergies.

9. Will the results with ceramic braces be better than with metal braces?

In general, ceramic and metal brackets are designed very similarly in order to work the same way. Ceramic braces are preferred nowadays for their high cosmetic value.

10. Are the braces for adults different from that for teenagers?

Braces can provide adults with the same benefits children receive. Special wires and brackets are also available for adult teeth that orthodontists may prefer to use based on specific situations


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