Dental braces can be necessary for a wide range of treatments. For crooked teeth they can be used to bring them back into line – a common use for braces – and they are very commonplace with children between the ages of 10 and 14 who are experiencing rapid growth. Teeth need essential care during our youth and for the rest of our lives, and one procedure that many of us undergo is a period wearing braces.
What do you need to know, and what should you do if a dentist recommends braces? It’s important to remember that dental braces have been around a long time and are a standard feature where orthodontics is concerned, and your dentist or orthodontist will be more than happy to explain the need, the procedure and the expected results in every patient. Let’s talk a little more about when braces might be needed.
Who Needs Dental Braces?
Although we have already mentioned that braces are common in children of certain ages, they can be used to correct a variety of problems in patients of almost any age. There are a number of instances where a dentist may advise the application of braces in both children and adults, the most commonplace being:
- Crooked or crowded teeth
- Over and underbites
- Incorrect jaw position
- Correction of jaw joint problems
Each of these involves time wearing dental braces, and there are three main types to know about. Which is suitable for you will depend entirely upon the problem being attended to.
Three Types of Dental Braces
The three types of braces mainly differ in cosmetic terms: for example, the bracket type of braces are made from either metal or plastic and effectively bond to the teeth so are not immediately noticeable. Lingual braces are even more hidden, being attached to the back of the teeth, and the standard band type of braces are the ones you are most familiar with.
Note that all types use wires to perform their duty, which will need tightening by your orthodontist regularly. This will result in short-lived discomfort while your mouth responds to the changes. If you do feel extreme discomfort at any time during the procedure, you should contact your dentist immediately.
How Long Will I Wear Braces?
This is a question that can only be answered by the orthodontist as it depends upon individual situations. Put simply, the more complex your problem, the longer you will be required to wear braces. The usual length of time is generally between 18 and 30 months, but bear in mind there will be further treatment required following this period in order to make sure everything settles correctly.
The mouth, gums and teeth are a delicate area of the mouth that require constant health care, and sometimes you will be required to wear braces to correct any problems that may occur. Make sure you take advice from an experienced and qualified orthodontist or dentist, as they will have the expertise to advise you of the right course of action.