You may be considering having your teeth straightened but may be wondering how you will endure the many months of treatment while having braces in your mouth. You need not worry about how you will look as there are various options of braces which are hardly noticeable.
Clear braces are an option that may be suitable for you. These are braces that will give you the benefits of metal braces yet they are not very noticeable. You can therefore go through your treatment without having to feel self conscious.
What Are Clear Braces?
Clear braces are made from clear or tooth colored material so that they are not as noticeable as the metal braces. The brackets and arch wires are made from plastic or ceramic material. These braces are popular with adults who are concerned about how they will look while undergoing treatment.
A lot of improvements have been made to ceramic braces so that they are not as brittle as they used to be. Previously ceramic braces used to damage teeth when the time came for them to be removed after the treatment was over. This is no longer the case as the method of attaching the braces to the teeth has been revised. Your teeth will therefore be left intact when the braces are removed from your mouth.
Your Orthodontic Consultation
When you visit the orthodontist for the first time, he will examine your teeth, soft tissues and jaws in order to diagnose your condition. He will then need to take x-rays so that he can have a view of the roots of the teeth and the jaw bone. From the x-rays he will also get to know whether you have extra teeth or missing ones. He will then take impressions of your upper and lower teeth and this impression will show how your bite appears.
A 3D image of your teeth can also be taken using software that can take images of your teeth from various angles. With this information, the orthodontist will be able to prepare a treatment plan for you.
The length of your treatment will depend on several issues such as the severity of your condition and how well you follow your orthodontist's instructions. Generally, you may be required to have your braces on for about two years. Once the braces are removed, your orthodontist may require you to use retainers. The teeth normally tend to shift back to their original position once the braces are taken off. Retainers are therefore necessary to ensure that the current position of the teeth is maintained. Your orthodontist will instruct you on how to wear the retainers in order to get the best results.
Importance Of Oral Hygiene
Once clear braces are fixed onto your teeth, you will be required to thoroughly brush your teeth after every meal. This is because food particles and plaque easily get stuck in between the braces and can cause your teeth to develop cavities. The tissues and bone surrounding the teeth can also get affected due to poor oral hygiene and can result in gum disease. Oral hygiene habits such as flossing daily and using a fluoride wash to rinse your mouth can assist in cleaning your mouth and avoiding white marks on your teeth.
Dr Nino Gullotta is a highly skilled orthodontist who is passionate about giving patients a great smile. He has many years of experience in administering clear braces to patients. Please visit the website Gullotta Orthodontics.