Braces can often be a necessary option for people with crooked teeth, an underbite, or an overbite. Getting braces is not a permanent procedure and is intended to straighten your teeth or jaw. While you may have a basic understanding of braces and why they are used on individuals, learn more about the advantages of getting braces.
When Does a Person Need Braces?
Having crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can lower a person’s selfesteem and make them not want to smile or show their teeth. While appearance is one reason for getting braces, they can also be necessary to prevent future dental problems. Crooked teeth that go untreated can create more serious problems later in life by making it difficult to practice proper oral hygiene. This can increase the chances of having cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.
While many adults choose to get braces to correct problems that were not taken care of at an early age, getting braces while your teeth and jawbone are still growing can be more effective. Your dentist or orthodontist will be able to provide a clearer picture of whether braces are needed after performing a full checkup and taking some xrays. After evaluating the specific condition of your teeth or bite, they will recommend whether braces are a good idea and what type of braces should be used. Everyone is different and each case needs to be carefully evaluated individually.
How Do Braces Correct Dental Problems?
There are many different types of braces. Some consist of bands and wires while others may include additional appliances and equipment. Braces correct crooked teeth and misaligned bites by continuously applying pressure to specific areas over a certain period of time. They will slowly move your teeth into a better position. This is a gradual process and the amount of time needed to fix the dental issue will vary from person to person. Regular appointments with your dentist or orthodontist are needed to adjust the braces and check the progress.
The process of getting braces starts with small brackets that are attached directly to the front of each tooth. These are basically small handles that are connected with a wire. Most brackets are either stainless steel, ceramic, or plastic. A band is wrapped around each tooth to anchor the brackets in most situations. Additionally, spacers are sometimes used to allow space for the bands to wrap around the teeth. Small rubber bands, known as ligatures, are used to hold the wires in place.
What is Headgear?
Headgear is another appliance that is sometimes used in conjunction with braces to correct a misaligned bite. In these situations, the braces are fitted with bands with headgear tubes. Headgear will help move the upper molars back in order to fix the misaligned bite and can also be used to help create room when the teeth are crowded.
How Long Will You Wear Braces and How Much Do They Cost?
How long you wear your headgear or braces will depend on your specific situation. Most people with braces will keep them for 1 to 3 years. Once the braces have been taken off, you may need to wear a retainer for a certain amount of time. At first, the retainer will need to be worn throughout the day and eventually you can keep the retainer in just during the night. The average cost of braces is around $5,000 and may be covered by your insurance. When you go in for your dental exam, you can check with your insurance to find out if they will cover all or part of the cost of getting braces.
If you think your or your children will benefit from braces or headgear then contact us at RCA Dental Clinic today. We will help through the entire process and select options that meet your needs.