FAQ’S on Braces
What are Braces?
Braces are appliances that the orthodontist uses to correct your bite. These braces are either fixed on to the teeth or rest against the teeth and bring about the desired movement.
Why do we need Braces?
- Improves your smile.
- Improves chewing.
- Prevents other dental problems: crooked teeth prevent maintenance of good oral hygiene. This can lead to other dental problems such as dental decay and gum diseases.
- Risk of trauma: teeth that are protruding out are at an increase risk of injury to them. This is more so in children during play or due to an accidental fall.
What is the right age to start Orthodontic work?
- Preventive Orthodontics: Orthodontic treatment can be carried out in young children between 9-15 years of age. The dentist can foresee any dental problems and take preventive measures.
- The jaws are actively growing by 8-10 years of age and therefore a good time to start.
Is it necessary to remove teeth?
To gain space an orthodontist may advise removal of 2 or more teeth to correct over crowding.
Why do some people have crooked teeth?
Some common causes are:
- Thumb sucking, lip sucking or lip biting habit.
- Injuries: injury to the teeth or the bone during childhood can effect the positioning of the teeth.
- Missing teeth: Un-replaced teeth after removal lead to movement of the teeth causing malocclusion.
Braces for middle age group?
With age, the orthodontic treatment is longer due to the rigidity of the bone and the tissues. However, successful results have been obtained.
Do Braces hurt and cause sores in the mouth?
The soreness and pain may last for a few days. Inform us in case the pain persists for long.
Are there any restrictions in eating after the braces are put?
- During the first few days it is better to have soft food.
- Avoid eating hard, crunchy and sticky foods such as toffee, nuts and chocolates. They may break the braces that are fixed to your teeth.
- When having fruits, cut them into small pieces before eating.
- It is better to avoid meat with bones.
Can the braces come off?
Sometimes a part of the braces can come off. This may occur when you bite on a piece of hard food. Our orthodontist will fix it for you. Follow the post fixation instructions carefully to avoid this.
How often do I have to visit the Orthodontist after putting the braces?
The follow-up orthodontic appointment is usually every 4 weeks.
During these appointments, the dentist may change the wires as the desired results are achieved and may even tighten the braces.
How do I keep my teeth clean with the braces?
- Regular brushing and flossing should be carried out.
- Use an orthodontic toothbrush for brushing.
- Fluoridated toothpaste should be used to prevent dental decay.
- The braces trap foodstuff under them and make them more prone to dental decay and gum problems. Brush your teeth after every meal and before sleeping.