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Conventional Braces

Conventional Braces

Orthodontic treatment is a treatment that is performed to correct misaligned teeth and bite. Orthodontics, or braces, and clear aligners, can be used to straighten crooked teeth and correct misaligned bites.
Straightening your teeth has also been shown to minimize the onset of tooth decay and gum disease, as straight teeth are much easier to clean. Orthodontic braces are available either as a fixed application or can be completely removable (clear aligners). Fixed braces consist of brackets that are cemented to your teeth, with flexible wires holding the brackets in place. These wires will exert the necessary pressure required to guide your teeth into their correct position over a certain period of time.

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Advantages of Conventional Braces

  • Straighten your teeth
  • Close gaps between teeth
  • Affordable 
  • Add strength to your teeth
  • Quick treatment

Advantages of Conventional Braces

  • Straighten your teeth
  • Close gaps between teeth
  • Affordable 
  • Add strength to your teeth
  • Quick treatment

What Does the Treatment Involve?

The first appointment will be a direct consultation with you to discuss what you want to achieve from the use of braces. The orthodontics trained dentist will perform a regular clean and oral health examination, take molds, photographs, and x-rays of your teeth.

The second appointment will allow the specialist to discuss with you strategies going forward, ensuring that you understand all of the options available to you.

It is not uncommon for existing teeth to have to be removed, allowing for space for the remaining teeth to move freely into the desired position. Following this, the braces will be installed and the treatment process begins from this day.

How Long Do I Need to Wear my Braces?

Braces are normally removed between 18 to 24 months, although the final duration of time depends on each particular case. The dentist will provide you with a more specific time frame upon the first appointment made with them.

How Long Do I Need to Wear my Braces?

Braces are normally removed between 18 to 24 months, although the final duration of time depends on each particular case. The dentist will provide you with a more specific time frame upon the first appointment made with them.

Fitting your Braces

The brace fitting requires the placement of plastic bands, or separators, to hold your molar teeth in position, in order to ensure that there is enough space for your teeth to freely move. 

You will be required to visit your dentist every 4-8 weeks to make adjustments and for the progress of your treatment to be assessed. It is not uncommon for braces to cause discomfort or tenderness, either after the initial fitting or any additional tightening.

Looking After Your Braces

A common misconception revolving around braces is that once fitted, you cannot eat the majority of foods that you enjoyed previously. 

Although there is an element of truth to this – it is recommended that you refrain from eating overly syrupy foods, apples, chewy snacks, or crusty bread – you can freely enjoy everything else, although more care will be required when eating and chewing. Your oral hygiene, during this period, must be perfect, as cleaning your teeth with braces in place can prove to be quite difficult.

After Your Treatment is Complete

After the treatment period, your braces will be removed and teeth thoroughly cleaned and polished, to ensure that there is no leftover adhesive.  You will then be fitted with a retainer, which will help to keep the teeth in place and prevent any movement.

Modified on 20th July 2020 by Kulwant Singh, Category: Dentist