A dentist will usually suggest braces to a patient to improve his or her oro-facial appearance. Problems such as crooked teeth, overbites and under bites, disorders of the jaw joint and jaw position can be corrected, if left untreated conditions such as these can lead to tooth decay, ear and headaches as well has have a detrimental effect on speaking and eating.
When to get braces:
Anyone with orthodontic problems is a candidate for braces in Lombard at almost any age. The ideal age to get braces is between ten to 14 years old. At this age the head and jaw are still developing, this makes aligning the teeth easier. Just because this is the ideal age doesn’t mean that braces are only applicable to youngsters, far from it. Many adults are wearing braces as one step in engineering a new smile.
What braces to wear?
The only person that can determine what appliance is suitable is the orthodontist; however you do have the chance for some input. Braces in Lombard come in three variations, by far the most common are brackets made from plastic, metal or ceramic which are bonded to the front of the teeth. Ceramic and plastic brackets are far less noticeable than metal. Concealed braces are similar but the brackets are fitted to the backside of the teeth. Both of these types use wires to manipulate the teeth into the correct position.
A recent introduction into the world of dentistry is aligners. The aligner is a clear plastic tray; the entire process of straightening teeth uses a series of different aligners. Not only are aligners invisible they can easily be removed for cleaning or eating.
How long are braces worn?
This all depends on the condition of the teeth and the treatment plan. For patients with quite complicated spacing or an awkward bite problem as well as age, the longer the treatment period will be. In the majority of cases the patient should be prepared to wear braces in Lombard for 12 to 24 months, followed by a retainer that is worn at night.
Are braces uncomfortable?
Traditional braces have wires which have to be tightened periodically. This puts some mild pressure on the teeth to shift the position of the teeth and jaws. The teeth and jaws may feel sore after each tightening but the discomfort is very brief. You must also be aware that the orthodontist may have to extract a tooth to make room which also will be uncomfortable for a few days.
If you have misaligned teeth or a bite problem you are a candidate for braces in Lombard. You are invited to make an appointment with the specialists at Oakbrook Orthodontics. Visit our Twitter page in order to contact us..