Traditional Wire Braces
Traditional wire braces are metal braces where metal “brackets” are bonded to your teeth surfaces. This is the most common yet noticeable type of braces. Once metal brackets are bonded to your teeth using special bond, a metal wire will be placed to initiate movement of teeth towards their desired placement over a period of time. Length of time varies from patient to patient depending on the severity of teeth misalignment.
At what age is best to start orthodontics?
The most ideal time for braces is once baby teeth have been shed and all of adult teeth have fully grown out. However, a child as young as 7-years old is recommended to come in an orthodontic consultation. This consultation allows the dentist to assess the child’s teeth development pattern and create a treatment plan accordingly.
Is it painful?
While braces-related discomfort is expected and not uncommon, discomfort is usually experienced at the time of initial braces placement or when wire is replaced to a new wire to promote further movement. Level of pain depends on the individual patient’s pain threshold. You can take Advil or Tylenol, as needed, if the pain is unbearable (can also take it as a preventative measure). It is advisable to be on a soft-food diet on the first two days of initial braces placement if you are experiencing difficulties chewing.
How many visits to the dental office?
Because braces are usually in place for at least six months, it is crucial to return to the dental office for regular check up appointments to avoid delayed progress and hence extended duration of orthodontic process. Please be advised that you will be required to make several visits for the dentist to assess the orthodontic progression, and to replace wires as needed. It is also important to get regular scaling done as food easily gets caught between the braces; this allows for bacteria buildup and has creates a favorable environment for cavities and gum disease to develop.
Do braces require special maintenance?
Brackets that are bonded to your teeth and wire create small gaps, which promote food buildup that can lead to bacteria accumulation. This is why making a habit of routine flossing and brushing at home is extremely important to keep your teeth from developing cavities. Once cavities are developed, not only will it disturb the structural integrity of your enamel, the dentist may have to remove the wire to gain access to the area of cavity. This requires extra work which, in turn, may be costly. Such cases can easily be prevented by practicing home oral hygiene routine and regular visits to the dental office for cleaning.
Saban Family Dental is located in Etobicoke, ON at 325 Burnhamthorpe Rd and offers a complete range of dental services for children, adults, and seniors.