All About Dental Braces-Who, What, Why, How and Where?

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All About Dental Braces-Who, What, Why, How and Where?

19, Nov 2020

Who should wear braces?

Braces may be worn by both children and adults, not only to improve the attractiveness of their smile, but also because braces correct improper alignment of teeth that can lead to gum disease and early tooth loss. Left untreated, crooked teeth with irregular spacing make cleaning harder and allow cavities to develop more easily. Properly aligned teeth also make it easier to chew all types of food, and eliminate the headaches and pain caused by uneven chewing. Uneven teeth may result in weak and worn enamel, gum problems and jaw misalignment. Modern technology has resulted in numerous options of braces that will fit your specific lifestyle and will provide you more comfort during braces treatment, also known as orthodontic treatment.


What will my braces look like?

Traditional Braces are lighter, more comfortable, and more technologically advanced today than ever before. They come in clear and white versions as well as the more familiar metal so that there are now a variety of colour and material choices. Ask our reception team about what options are available. Other variations available include colourful bands, elastics, and retainers. We also provide Invisalign clear aligners which are unobtrusive and virtually invisible.


How will braces straighten my teeth?

Braces exert a gentle pressure on teeth over time to straighten them. The two main components include the braces placed on the teeth and the arch wire that connects them. The brace is a specially shaped metal or ceramic bracket component affixed to each tooth and the arch wire is bent to reflect the bite that the patient should have after treatment. The wire threads through the braces and as the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to move the teeth.


Are braces uncomfortable?

There have been some fantastic advances in modern orthodontics to make treatment more comfortable and quicker for patients. There are now smaller, smoother braces and gentler wires which provide a continuous small force over a long period of time rather than a strong force for only a short period. Typically, there is some discomfort after the braces are first put on. Over the counter pain relievers and a soft foods diet will help alleviate this temporary discomfort which only lasts a few hours or days-commonly described as an aching feeling.


Will braces affect playing sports?

You should be able to play just about any sport. However, it is recommended that you wear a mouth guard while participating in certain sports. We stock specific mouthguards that can fit over your braces to protect your teeth during contact sports such as karate, GAA or rugby. Tell us what sport you play, and we will recommend a suitable mouthguard for you!


Why are retainers so important?

Retainers help keep your teeth aligned at the completion of treatment. If they are not worn as instructed, your teeth will move. We will give you specific instructions at the end of your treatment about how best to maintain your smile with your retainers.


How long will my orthodontic treatment last?

Treatment may last from 12 to 36 months, though this will vary depending on your individual case. Your cooperation in keeping scheduled orthodontic appointments, maintaining proper oral hygiene, and taking care of your braces may allow you to finish your orthodontic treatment early. We will outline our best estimate of the length of time of your proposed treatment at your initial consultations.


When should I visit the dentist?

You should continue to see your dentist every 6 months or as directed during orthodontic treatment for routine dental health checks and hygienist visits.


Where can I get braces treatment?

At Pembroke Dental of course!


We have orthodontic specialists in our branches in Wexford, Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny and Bunclody who provide all kinds of orthodontic treatment such as metal and ceramic braces as well as Invisalign, Invisalign Teen and Invisalign Go. Give our patient care team a call to book a FREE first consultation or book online on the Pembroke Dental website. Adults, teens, and children welcome!!