|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
June 17, 2016
Orthodontics is a dental specialty that concentrates on properly aligning the teeth and jaws to help improve one’s smile and oral health. Braces are usually used to improve a person’s physical “orofacial” appearance. Orthodontics treats and corrects problems like crooked or crowded teeth, overbites, an incorrect jaw position and disorders of the jaw joint.
People who have orthodontic problems can benefit from treatment at any age. If someone is getting braces put in, it is best if they are placed between the ages of 8 and 14. This is the time when the head and mouth are still growing and the teeth are more amendable to straightening. But this does not mean adults can’t get braces too. More and more adults are wearing braces to correct minor problems and improve their smile.
Types of Braces
When braces are needed, your dentist will know which type is best for you, but the choice is always yours. There are three main types of braces. The most common one uses brackets made out of metal or plastic that are bonded to the teeth. “Lingual braces” are fitted behind the teeth on the tongue (lingual) side so they are hidden from view. “Band braces” cover most of the teeth with metal bands that wrap around the teeth. All types of braces use wires to move the teeth to the desired position. Invisible braces use a series of clear plastic trays that are an alternative to the regular bracketing braces that have been used in the past. These have become very popular in recent years.
The length of time braces will be worn for depends on the individual’s treatment plan. Patients who have more complicated spacing or bite problems and older patients, tend to have longer treatment periods. Full braces are generally worn between 18 and 30 months. After this time a retainer is worn to help set and align tissues surrounding the straightened teeth.
Each time you visit your dentist, they will change the interconnecting wires. The wires place mild pressure on the brackets or bands to shift the teeth or jaws gradually into the desired position. The teeth and jaw may feel a little sore after each visit, but the discomfort tends to go away quickly.
There are certain foods that braces wearers should avoid and your dentist will be able to tell you which ones are best to avoid. Cleaning your teeth is important, but it may be even more important when wearing braces. Braces have tiny spaces where food particles and plaque can be trapped. Your dentist can show you the proper way to brush and floss your teeth while wearing braces.
Your family’s general dentist will be the one who is responsible for coordinating you dental treatment. Some may be able to do orthodontic treatments in their office, while others may refer you to an orthodontist for further care.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at [email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.
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