Even though you live in Denver, braces can help to give you a smile like the stars in Hollywood. There are options for adult, child and cheap braces that can give you the smile you have always wanted, and still be inexpensive.
Preparation for Braces
The first step for braces is the consultation. Your dental professional provides an evaluation to determine the amount of correction you require.
During the exam, the orthodontist determines the condition of both hard and soft tissue in the patient’s mouth. Braces put pressure on the structure of the mouth, so it is essential that you have a healthy mouth that can withstand this additional pressure.
You can also expect x-rays of the mouth. From the exam and x-rays, the orthodontist determines:
-any impacted teeth
-the jaw structure and any possible facial changes.
Options for Braces
If you picture braces as the devices you saw in your friends’ mouths during junior high, you may not be aware of all the options available in 2017.
These are the most recognized types or oral appliances. However, even steel braces have changed and are no longer as thick. These thinner devices make wearing braces much more comfortable.
Ceramic braces add more versatility to the correction. Because they can be made to resemble your own teeth, they are much more discreet. If you want to add color to your smile, you will find a vast array available.
One of the newest options in braces, lingual braces attach to the backs of the teeth, making them almost impossible to detect. If you want correction without showing off a metal mouth, lingual braces may be your best option. Just remember, they do require additional maintenance and adjustment can be more difficult.
Prior to installing braces, the orthodontist cleans the teeth thoroughly. Once the teeth are clean, he ensures they are dry before following the installation procedure.
The orthodontist applies bonding glue to the brackets. This glue attaches them to the teeth for the correction. Some patients find the glue to have a less than pleasant taste; so the dentist tries to remove as much of the excess as he can. Do not worry about the glue or swallowing it as it is harmless.
The final steps are installing the arch-wire into the brackets, followed by the addition of elastic bands.
How Do Braces Feel?
In order to work, the wires and rubber bands apply pressure. This is sometimes uncomfortable in the beginning, and you will notice the foreign object attached to our teeth. Your speech may change slightly as braces can make pronouncing words difficult, although the difficulty rarely lasts more than a few days.
Today, arch wires are available in copper-titanium or copper based alloys that are an advancement over steel wires. The older wires warped easily and required more visits to the orthodontist. They also required more frequent tightening.
This newer technology provides a wire that is temperature sensitive and maintains itself. The warmer temperature of the mouth causes them to tighten, giving constant pressure and reducing the treatment time. Reducing the number of adjustments means fewer trips to the orthodontist.