Why Do I Need Braces?

Your dentist will suggest braces to improve any imperfections of your smile. This could include crooked or crowded teeth, overbites, and even underbites. Braces can also correct your jaw position and any disorders of your jaw joints. In most cases, if these issues are not investigated at an early age it can cause problems like tooth decay, gum disease, headaches, earaches, speech and biting or chewing issues.

How Long Does It Take to Put My Braces on?

The time frame that it takes to put on top and bottom braces all depend on the patient and the type of braces required. For most this process can take 1-2 hours.

What’s the Perfect Age for Braces?

This is a question that is always asked, and the answer is that any age is ideal for braces. With young children, your dentist will take into consideration that a child’s mouth is continually changing. Jaws grow, baby teeth are lost, and permanent teeth start to grow.

Your family dentist will recommend a visit to the orthodontist when they notice problems with a child’s bite or tooth alignment.

Do Braces Hurt When You First Get Them?

When wearing braces, the patient will need to take into consideration that this process is to move the jaw, and/or teeth. With each visit when the dentist needs to change the wires, there will be a brief discomfort while your teeth get used to the pressure.

What Can I Do to Ease the Pain?

If the pain doesn’t start to decrease in a couple days there are a couple things you can try to ease the pain more, these techniques include:

  • Trying to eat only soft foods
  • Taking over-the-counter pain medication
  • Using the wax given to you by the dentist, to apply to any bracket that is rubbing in the inside of your mouth
  • Don’t drink items that have a lot of acid content in it like orange juice
  • If you develop any sores, make sure not to irritate them more. Try a salt water mix and swish it in your mouth or apply Orajel.

How do I Properly Clean and Maintain Braces?

While you’re restoring your smile, using braces, you need to increase your oral hygiene routine a little to make sure your teeth are clean around the brackets.

The Best way to clean and maintain your smile and braces include the following:

  • Clean regularly. Try to make it a habit to clean your teeth after every meal, or at least use mouthwash or water to swish between your teeth and get any trapped food out of your braces.
  • Protest the braces. Continuous brushing can damage your braces. Make sure your toothbrush is a “soft” category and don’t press hard when brushing. Brush in a slow circular motion.
  • When you have braces, flossing can be very difficult. You will need to gently allow the floss to pass behind the wires so you’re able to get fully between the teeth.
  • Antibacterial Mouthwash. Braces can cause a mild irritation to your gum line. To relieve any swelling try using an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Follow a dental routine. It is now very important to stay on a daily routine to make sure that your teeth are properly cleaned.
  • Interdental Toothbrush. This is a dental tool that helps you clean the bracket and wires.

How Braces and Changes in Facial Shape and Appearance

There are some ways that braces can slightly change the symmetry of your face for what it really is. Some of the ways that braces change are:

  • An underbite and change the physical appearance of your chin making it look larger. The features of the face soften, and the mouth becomes a more appealing focal point when correcting an underbite with braces.
  • Open bite. With an open bite, you face may appear stretches, and/or can cause your mouth to be difficult to close fully. An open bite can cause the upper lip to jus out and cause your cheeks to look sunken in.
  • Crooked teeth. This can cause it to be embarrassing to smile depending on the severity of the situation. Braces can give you a beautiful smile that you won’t mind showing off.

What are the Different Types of Braces?

There are four different types of equipment that can help you get a smile makeover. Depending on your situation, the dentist will help you make the proper choice on which direction you should go.

  • Traditional metal braces. Stainless steel brackets and wires. Today’s traditional braces are smaller and less noticeable and have heat activated archwires that will help move your teeth quicker.
  • Ceramic braces. Like traditional braces but are clear brackets and tooth-colored wires to make them less noticeable.
  • Lingual braces. Are like traditional metal braces, however, they are placed on the inside of your teeth, so they are hidden.
  • Invisalign. Are a series of plastic aligners that are removable and replaced every 2 weeks to keep your teeth moving in the correct direction to correct your teeth.

Contact you Local Dentist Today for More Information on Braces

If you’re thinking about getting braces, and want to know if this is the way to go, in your situation, call Smiles of Tulsa today at (918)481-4910.