One of the most common dental procedures done today is the placement of braces. This is something that has made it possible for many people all over the world to end up with attractive smiles by simply aligning the teeth. However, there are many people who are not sure about how the placement of braces works. It is important to have this information so that you can then know when one needs them, and also the best time to put them in place.
Why do you need dental braces?
The main reason why such braces need to be placed is so as to make the teeth grow in alignment. These days, there are many reasons why people end up with crooked teeth, which then leads to smiles that may not be attractive. The commonest of such hypothesis is that over the past few millennia, the human skull has become smaller and smaller. As a result, the growing teeth tend to crowd one’s mouth, which then leads to them becoming crooked.
The problem with crooked teeth
When teeth grow in a crooked fashion, the most immediate concern for many is the fact that it might not be aesthetically appealing. However, in reality, there are many other legitimate reasons why you should try to correct this problem. One is that when your teeth grow crookedly, the risk of not being able to clean them properly increases. Even if you brush your teeth, there are times when the configuration of the teeth does not allow for proper cleaning of each tooth, since there might be some areas that are not accessible. As a result, you may end up suffering from conditions such as tooth decay and tartar even if you clean your teeth properly. Simply getting braces will help you avoid most of these problems.
The process of installing braces
When you get your braces fitted, the entire process may be done in a number of steps depending on the degree of misalignment as well as the types of braces being put. Generally, the first step in the process is to thoroughly clean the teeth. This is usually done using ultrasonic devices that get rid of adherent debris on the teeth. During this process, each tooth will be cleaned individually to ensure that all of them are as clean as can be.
Once this is done, the teeth are then dried and an adhesive material placed on them. This will be used to hold the brace brackets in place. After this is done, the wire connecting each of the braces is then put in place, and tightened to ensure that the alignment of the teeth is slightly altered. The final step is usually to adjust the braces to suit the patient’s comfort.
In many cases, the dentist will get an x-ray of your jaw prior to fixing the dental braces. Serial imaging will then be done afterwards to assess the progress of the brace placement. This is one way in which the dentist will gauge the effectiveness of the braces.
In summary, the placement of braces is something that should not scare you too much. Most people are usually apprehensive of the fact that it might be painful, but it in many cases it won’t be. The vast majority of dentists these days will go to great lengths to ensure that the process of brace placement is as painless as possible. This usually includes through the use of painkiller before, during and even after the process. In addition to that, the tightening and adjustment of the braces is usually done as gently as possible to prevent too much pain and damage to the teeth.