Most of us have the very vivid image of a mouth full of metal brackets, elastics and attachments when we think of braces. While all of these items are part of the treatment regimen for braces, braces are a key component to the treatment of a wide range of dental concerns. These include bite alignment issues, teeth alignment issues, spacing, and aesthetic treatment purposes. Braces are a gradual system of pressure and adjustment that allows for your teeth to move in your mouth without the instant trauma of quickly moving and removing teeth. Braces allow your dentist to gradually reshape your mouth without causing damage to your teeth or the structure of your jawbone. While braces are known for their long wear time, with the newest advances in technology, traditional braces may take only a few months to fix your bite alignment, and with clear retainer technology, such as invisalign, you can have the benefit of braces without having to worry about being embarrassed to wear them.
The term “braces” covers a wide range of treatment styles and options, from metal retainers and traditional metal braces that are made of wire and cement, to headgear and clear retainers. Both metal and clear retainers are used for simple corrections or for minor adjustments, such as an overlapping pair of teeth, or helping your teeth line up more cleanly. While longer clear retainer treatments can make more distinct changes to the structure of your teeth, retainers are primarily used to maintain the movement of more intense dental treatments. Without a retainer, your teeth will begin to migrate back to where they were before treatment. On the other hand, metal braces and spacers can be used to realign the mouth in drastic ways, from completely correcting an under bite to realigning teeth that are incredibly skewed. They work by applying force to your teeth by using springs or elastics to place pressure on the surrounding teeth, which causes the surrounding teeth to shift in order to account for the pressure. If combined with a pallet spacer device, braces can expand the roof of your mouth and adjust your bite alignment, allowing for both aesthetic and dental health benefits.
In most cases, your general dentist will give you an initial consultation in order to see what type of treatment will be best for you. In rare cases your dentist might recommend you see an orthodontist. An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in things like bite realignment and the installation of bite correction treatments such as braces. Once you make an initial appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth and use x-rays to determine the correct alignment structure for your mouth. In cases where your bite or teeth alignment are only slightly off from the ideals set by you and your dentist, more mild treatment plans may be suggested, such as clear retainers or minimalistic braces. For more intense bite alignment concerns, your dentist may suggest a longer braces treatment plan that can span anywhere from around 4-18 months and include many different stages of gradual adjustment.
After you and your dentist or orthodontist have discussed your treatment options, they may take a mold of your teeth to determine the best way to set up your braces treatment. On your follow up appointment, your dentist or orthodontist will clean the surface of your teeth. In some cases, they may apply an abrasion treatment to the surface of the enamel of key anchor teeth to allow the cement to attach correctly. A form of durable, quick-set cement is applied to the teeth and the metal bracket points for the braces’ wires are attached. The length of this portion of the procedure depends on the intensity of the braces being applied. Depending on the misalignment being treated, treatment additions such as arch wires and spacers may be installed to ensure that your teeth move in the correct direction at the right speed without causing further dental issues to the surrounding teeth. In some cases, elastics may be attached to key points to allow for added pressure to certain teeth. Once your braces have been attached, you may feel some soreness in your mouth. This can also occur after your braces have been tightened during follow up orthodontic appointments. This is normal, as your teeth will be adjusting to the pressure that has been placed on them. Your mouth should return to feeling somewhat normal within one to two days after any adjustments.
After you get braces, there are some crucial factors to worry about when it comes to cleaning your teeth. Braces make it harder to keep your teeth clean, and can cause additional problems with plaque and tartar buildup. Making sure that you brush your teeth carefully and thoroughly is key to avoiding other dental issues while wearing braces. Investing in specialized brushes that allow you to get underneath your braces can be useful to ensuring that your teeth get the cleaning attention that they need. Flossing is also important to keep up with even while wearing braces. Your dentist can provide you with specialized floss to help you maintain your dental hygiene routine, as normal floss is hard to use with braces. Keeping up with your dental appointments are key to making sure your braces and your teeth stay in tip-top shape. Regular appointments are key to the success of braces, as they need to be regularly tightened and maintained in order for them to function correctly. Regular checkups also allow your dentist to correct any issues with your braces before they become more serious, and can help them track the progress of your braces as your treatment goes on.
If you are interested in setting up a consultation to find out if braces are right for you, contact our office. We’d be happy to answer any questions that you may have about treatment options so that you can get your best smile today.
Our Dentist Office in Jackson Wisconsin, provides full dental care to clients throughout Okaukee, Washington and Waukesha Counties, including the cities of Cedarburg, Colgate, Germantown, Grafton, Hartford, Hubertus, Jackson, Kewaskum, Menomonee Falls, Mequon, Newburg, Richfield, Saukville, Slinger, Thiensville, West Bend, and the surrounding cities.
Dental Services Jackson Wisconsin
✔ PERIODONTAL SERVICES
✔ BRACES AND INVISIBLE BRACES
✔ LASER DENTISTRY
✔ PREVENTION/PATIENT EDUCATION
✔ ROOT CANALS
✔ DIGITAL X-RAYS
✔ CROWNS / BRIDGES
✔ DENTURES / PARTIALS
✔ INTRA ORAL IMAGING
✔ PEDIATRIC CARE-SEALANTS
✔ LATEX-FREE ENVIRONMENT
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Jackson, WI 53037