WHAT ARE BRACES?
Braces are probably the most common dental appliance today.
Braces are used to help straighten crooked teeth by applying constant pressure to slowly move the teeth into proper position.
Specifically, they are a combination of bands around the molar teeth and brackets cemented to the front of the other teeth and all connected by arch wires.
With modern technology, they have become quite a cool fashionable accessory for the pre-teens and the teenagers with a vast array of colours to choose from.
Braces are one of the proactive steps you can take for your child or for yourself to insure excellent health!
Surveys have indicated that people who have benefited from the use of braces look and feel better about themselves.
BENEFITS OF BRACES
- Better appearance of teeth, smile and face
- Improved self-esteem, confidence, well-being and feeling of acceptance
- A more even bite
- Easier to clean teeth
- Reduce risk of injury to protruding front teeth
- Improve growth in a positive manner
- Correct harmful habits
- Better jaw alignment, proportion and function
- Better chewing and digestion
Getting braces is one of the most common procedures sought by dental patients.
You can get braces at any age, although braces alone may not be enough for adults depending on the type of correction required.
Healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age.
Many orthodontic problems can be corrected as easily and as well for adults as children.
Orthodontic forces move the teeth in the same way for both a 75-year-old adult and a 12-year-old child. Complicating factors, such as lack of jaw growth, may create special treatment planning needs for the adult.
It is recommended that every child receive an orthodontic evaluation at the age of seven to determine whether braces or any other care is needed.
Today, braces are less obtrusive for adults, and you can have the option of metal, clear, or tooth-coloured brackets. Modern wires are also less noticeable and more effective, and treatment averages around 24 months.