You want your smile to stun just like a Hollywood smile, which is possible. All you need are well-placed braces. Still, you might be wondering how the process works for adult or child braces. The following is a rundown of everything you can expect from the entire treatment.
Getting Started With Braces
Getting your braces starts with a consultation. Your oral specialist will perform intraoral and extraoral evaluations to figure out the extent of the issue.
One thing your dental specialist will pay attention to is the condition of soft and hard tissue in your mouth. This is important because braces will interact with both and may put additional pressure on the tissue. Your dentist wants to make sure the tissue in your mouth is healthy enough to withstand the pressure.
You will also have an x-ray exam and a digital capture of the mouth. The following are just some of the things your dentist will be looking for:
- Impacted teeth have to be accounted for because they could negatively affect the treatment.
- He or she will evaluate your jaw structure to anticipate possible facial changes that need to be accounted for.
The Many Faces of Braces
Braces have come a long way from what you might remember, which means you have a few options to consider. The following are just a few examples:
Steel is perhaps the most recognized type of braces, but you do not have to worry about them being too thick. Technology has improved, meaning that your oral specialist can develop a precise oral device that will be smaller and comfortable.
This material makes the braces more versatile. For example, they can be made to look like your teeth, making them relatively discreet. Those who want colored brackets will find a vast amount of colors available.
This is a relatively new option that some people opt for. Think of them as braces that go behind your teeth. They will be almost impossible to spot, which is why some people are attracted to them. They do require a little more maintenance and some getting used to.
You can talk to you oral specialist about other options that may be available to you if you are interested.
Putting the Wires on
The process is relatively easy. The orthodontist will likely clean your teeth thoroughly and will make sure your teeth are dry before continuing.
The next thing that happens is the application of a bonding glue that your dentist uses to attach the brackets. Some people say the glue does not taste pleasant, but your dentist will do his or her best to remove as much as possible. It is harmless, just in case you were wondering.
The last steps involve placing the archwire within the brackets and adding the elastic bands.
What Does it Feel Like to Wear Braces?
Braces apply pressure to correct issues. This might feel a little uncomfortable at first, and there will be a foreign object in your mouth. You might find it difficult to pronounce words as you normally would, but this usually passes within a few days.
Advancements in technology have made it possible for your dentist to use nickel or copper-titanium-based arch wiring instead of steel. Steel wires warp easily and require more dental visits. Steel wires also have to be re-tightened often.
These new wires are relatively self-maintained and temperature sensitive. The wires tighten up when exposed to the temperature within your mouth. This means the pressure is constant, so the treatment will take less time. The wires do not have to be adjusted often, which means you will not have to visit the dentist so often.
If you have any other questions, talk to your dentist to see what you can expect from this experience.