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.

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.

How To Clean A Retainer

Retainers are a very important part of the orthodontic process, and they need to be cleaned regularly, or they can cause infections and tooth decay.

Tooth Extractions For Braces

If you are getting braces, your dentist may have told you that you need to get teeth extracted before treatment begins. Why is this the case? Read on to find out!

Braces for Teenagers

The early teens are the perfect age to start orthodontic treatment, because of biological reasons, but certain social issues may make this period particularly difficult.

Gums Bleeding While Wearing Braces

Sometimes the gums can bleed during orthodontic treatment, but it is okay, and it does not mean there is anything wrong. Read on and find out more!

How to Ease the Pain of Orthodontic Treatment

Although some discomfort is inevitable, you don’t have to be in pain while wearing braces. Here is a guide to dealing with pain during orthodontic treatment.

The Length of an Orthodontic Treatment

Many patients find that they are still in braces long after the scheduled removal, and wonder why this has to take so long? The realities of orthodontic treatment are such that there are countless factors that can influence the length and duration of the process, and can make the orthodontic treatment longer or shorter. Here are some reasons why you may still be in braces, even though your orthodontic treatment should have ended a while ago.

Brace Yourself For Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment has come a very long way in being more patient friendly, as all of medicine has. The brackets are more comfortable, the torque of the wire is distributed more evenly, and the materials have become finer and less irritating as well. But the fact remains: you will have to spend anywhere from 6 months to 2 years with a metal device adhered to your teeth, and this is bound to cause some discomfort. Here are some of the things to look out for, and how to minimise their hold on your life.

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