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10 Things To Know Before Getting Braces

If you are thinking of starting an orthodontic treatment, it is useful to know as much about braces as possible before getting them, as they will be on your teeth for quite some time. Here are 10 things that frequently confound patients, or that they wish they would have known before getting braces.

Who is an orthodontic assistant?

Are you thinking of pursuing a career in dentistry, but do not have 8 years to wait until you can become a dentist? Are you just interested in who all these people who aren’t the dentist are, and why they are in the room during your treatment time? Are you just interested in who helps the orthodontist get the job done? Below you can read our description of what an orthodontic assistant is, what they do, and what kind of career it is.

How Wisdom Teeth Can Affect Orthodontic Treatment

​Many factors can influence the way that your teeth are aligned. One of the key factors is how your wisdom teeth are aligned, and how they are growing. Frequently, there isn’t enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth to grow into, and these teeth become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can push all of your teeth together, causing crowding and other orthodontic issues. In these cases, it is necessary to get them removed. But in other cases, the wisdom teeth can actually act as anchor for orthodontic treatment, and should be left alone. Wisdom teeth and orthodontic treatment are not mutually exclusive, and it is well possible to align your teeth with orthodontics and keep your wisdom teeth.

Yellow Teeth After Braces?

After many months of waiting, some orthodontic patients are incredibly disappointed to see that their teeth are a complete mess after the braces come off. Improper oral hygiene and a lack of dentist check-ups can lead to yellow teeth after braces, to white spot lesion, and even cavities on the tooth surfaces. Receiving orthodontic treatment puts you at risk of oral disease, as the teeth are harder to clean, and certain tooth surfaces remain hidden as there are brackets on top of them, leading to yellowness of the teeth after the braces come off. Damage can also be incurred from the appliance itself.

What are orthodontic ligatures?

Orthodontic ligatures and ligation is perhaps the least understood aspect of orthodontics. Learn about what orthodontic elastics are, what they do and why they are necessary.

Keeping Your Teeth Straight After Braces

The best and really the only way to maintain the effects of orthodontic treatment is to wear your retainer.

How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?

Now that the braces are on, how long will you have to live like this? Here are some factors that influence the length of treatment.

When To Start Orthodontic Treatment

What is the perfect age to start your orthodontic treatment? All of them!

Fixed Orthodontic Retainer

At the end of orthodontic treatment, you may get a retainer that you have to wear to make sure your teeth stay in their new position.

What are Lingual Braces?

Lingual braces are the least known of the aesthetic braces options. Here is an article to popularise them.