Dental braces are one of the most common form of orthodontic dentistry and is usually combined with removable appliances to achieve the most optimum result for our patients. These devices are used to:
- Straighten teeth, bringing teeth and lips into alignment.
- Correct an irregular bite- including overbite (lower teeth too far behind upper teeth) and underbite (lower teeth too far forward while upper teeth sit too far back).
- Closing unwanted gaps- which could be due to tooth loss or expanding crowded teeth.
- Jaw and/or facial asymmetry.
Most of us have some form of irregular bite. With a correct treatment plan and regular visits, dental braces will rectify your misaligned teeth or misalignment of the jaws. Not all irregular bite is genetic, in fact, most of them are caused by afterbirth factors, such as:
Most of the time, irregular or abnormal bite can just be an issue with appearance but in some cases, it can affect swallowing, chewing, talking or even breathing. Therefore, it is important to address teeth alignment to correct dental or jaw alignment problems.
At 360° Dental Care, our expert dental team we will give you a thorough examination including a questionnaire, a clinical and x-ray assessment. We then present a tailored treatment plan that has been customised for you in a consultation appointment. After completing the initial planning and consultation and agreeing on your treatment, we will commence the procedure.
In cases where teeth alignment is narrow, overcrowding of teeth, or singular teeth in difficult places, we may need to included an additional expansion step into your treatment. Palatal expansion appliances widen the upper jaw in the lateral direction. This device is attached (and removable) to the upper jaw, spreading the teeth to provide more space for teeth to settle in. If your teeth are not in a difficult position, this step can be skipped. Once your teeth have shifted, and expanded, you may commence traditional braces.
Fixed traditional braces use wires and brackets to move your teeth into straighter alignment. In comparison with newer advancements in orthodontic treatments such as clear aligners, traditional braces remain one of the best ways to achieve dramatic results over a shorter period of time.
The procedure involves gluing brackets to the front-center of your teeth, and over time with constant pressure being applied to each tooth, the teeth will move into the ideal position. To apply the pressure, a wire is threaded between the brackets and attached with rubber ties. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces are durable and more comfortable than before.
You will be scheduled to have your braces tightened every 4-8 weeks. During this time, our dentist will check on the movement of your teeth as well as clean around the braces and change your bands. This will change the pressure of the wire to gradually straighten teeth and correct the bite. Overall, traditional metal braces are the most commonly used option for kids and teens. However, as the treatment is available after all primary (baby) teeth have fallen out and all adult teeth erupted, traditional metal braces are also suitable for adults.
If you’re unhappy or embarrassed by your smile – then braces could be the answer. Visit us today for a consultation.
Caring for braces
It will take more time and effort to maintain good oral health while wearing braces. Food is easily trapped between the brackets and the wire, therefore it is important you diligently brush and floss your teeth as well as using mouthwash after every meal. Smaller bendable floss brushes are also available to remove food deposits between and around the wires.