Braces Robina, Gold Coast
Traditional metal braces are used to straighten teeth effectively.
Traditional metal braces remain one of the most effective orthodontic treatments available. They are a popular choice, thanks to their ability to resolve a wide number of orthodontic issues, including crooked and crowded teeth and malocclusion of the jaw. Braces are most often recommended for these types of issues in teenagers, although it is also possible for adults to successfully use braces.
How Do Braces Work?
Braces exert continuous pressure on the teeth, moving them gradually over time into new positions. As the teeth shift, the underlying bone changes shape because of the pressure that is applied.
Braces are made up of a number of elements. The brackets are bonded onto the surface of each tooth, and attached to orthodontic bands. Brackets can be made of various materials, including stainless steel, ceramic and plastic. Orthodontic bands are typically made of stainless steel and are bonded around the teeth to act as an anchor for the brackets. Arch wires, which are either metal or clear, are attached to the brackets, and work to guide the movement of the teeth. Other components include rubber bands, which hold the arch wires to the brackets; springs that are sometimes placed on the arch wires to control the spaces between the teeth; and a buccal tube that holds the arch wire in position.
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Do Braces Work for Adults and Children?
Although braces are most often recommended for use in young teenagers, it is possible to receive effective orthodontic treatment as an adult. There are, of course, some advantages to having orthodontic treatment earlier in life — when you are young, the jaw and underlying tissue is not yet fully developed, which means it is more flexible, making it more prone to movement. For this reason, orthodontic treatment in the form of braces generally produces results much quicker in teenagers than in adults. Additionally, once the teeth and jaws have finished developing, certain adjustments can no longer be made.
How Should I Take Care of My Braces?
Once you have had your braces placed, we recommend that you avoid foods that can get stuck between your braces and your gum line. It’s best to avoid hard candy, sticky foods like chewing gum, and popcorn, for example. If food particles get trapped in your braces, the risk of tooth decay is heightened. Also, particularly hard foods can cause damage to your braces.
To really take care of your braces, we recommend that you come in and see us every eight to ten weeks so that your dentist can check that your oral health is on track and that your braces are working as they should. Your dentist will make certain adjustments at these appointments.
It is also very important that you take care of your oral health throughout your orthodontic treatment. Remember to rinse your mouth and brush your teeth after eating to ensure that food does not get stuck in your teeth and braces. We also encourage our patients to come in for a cleaning once every six months.
Why Choose Us?
At Malo Dental Gold Coast, we are a team of professionals with decades of experience. Our goal is to help you achieve a long-lasting smile that you are proud of. We don’t believe in taking shortcuts to give you the smile you deserve and we will ensure you are delighted with the end result.
If you are interested in straightening your smile, but are not sure whether traditional metal braces are right for you, come in and see us for a consultation. Your dentist will evaluate your teeth and jaw and advise you on the best course of treatment, based on your particular needs and expectations.
How do braces work?
Traditional metal braces work by applying pressure to the teeth. This pressure forces them to move gradually into new positions over time. As the teeth move into their new positions, the underlying bone changes shape because of the pressure that is applied. Braces are made up of a number of elements, including brackets, orthodontic bands, spacers, arch wires, ties, a buccal tube, elastic rubber bands, and springs. Each component works together to straighten the teeth effectively according to the treatment plan formulated by your orthodontist.
Do braces hurt?
Having braces placed on your teeth does not generally cause any pain. You may feel some pressure or pinching while your bands are being placed, but this should not be painful. It is quite normal, however, to feel some tenderness and discomfort a few hours after your braces have been put on. It can take around a week for this discomfort to resolve as you get used to the pressure that is being placed on your teeth. You may also experience some discomfort when you have your braces adjusted and tightened. Let your orthodontist know if you feel any pain at any point. Generally, over-the-counter pain medications will relieve any discomfort that you experience.
What can you eat with braces?
We recommend that you avoid hard foods like popcorn and hard candy while you are undergoing orthodontic treatment in the form of traditional braces. You should also avoid sticky foods like caramel and toffee, as well as chewing gum. It is fine to eat most soft foods with braces. Some good options include soft cheeses, pasta, soft-cooked rice, steamed vegetables, yoghurt and soft fruits. When you eat foods that require more chewing, be sure to take small bites and don’t tear off pieces of food with your teeth as this can cause damage to your braces.
Are Braces tightened every 2 weeks?
No, every 4 to 6 weeks. After you get braces, you’ll have to regularly see your orthodontist for checkups and assessments and also to adjust your braces. Braces work by realigning your jaw by putting pressure on the area. As they actively realign the jaw, the brackets and connected wires will no longer be as tight so they need to be tightened. It takes between 4 and 6 weeks for the need for tightening to arise.
What happens if you don’t get your braces tightened?
Skipping out on getting your braces tightened means that your braces will stop working, and that any results you’ve gained will actually be reversed. Braces put pressure on your teeth through the wires that connect the brackets placed on your teeth. As they exert pressure and the teeth start to shift, the wires exerts less pressure. In order for the teeth to keep shifting, retightening is required. If you don’t get them retightened, quite simply, you won’t get any results.
What are the side effects of braces tightening?
There are no serious side effects of getting your braces tightened, but it’s normal to feel after-effects like soreness in your jaws and teeth; gum sensitivity, pain and discomfort when you open your mouth to eat or drink. It will also be uncomfortable to bite and chew food. These effects can be eased by applying an ice-pack to your jaw or painkillers (which must be approved by your orthodontist).
If you are concerned about your child’s teeth and suspect that they may need orthodontic treatment, we encourage you to bring them in for an assessment. Early orthodontic treatment is highly beneficial in many cases, and our team is happy to guide you through the process. We will explain the treatment plan to your child and make them feel comfortable at our practice.