If your teeth are crooked, you may feel self-conscious about their appearance. After all, straight teeth are considered a sign of beauty in American culture. Braces can be used to correct teeth and jaw alignment issues. Here are four things that orthodontic patients should know when deciding to get braces.
1. Ceramic braces are an option.
Traditional braces are made from stainless steel, a durable metal that is also hypoallergenic. However, some people desire a less visible orthodontic option. Ceramic braces are unnoticeable when compared to traditional braces. The brackets of ceramic braces are made of tooth-colored ceramic. These braces utilize white wires that will be nearly invisible against your teeth. Ceramic braces can allow you to undergo orthodontic treatment without changing your appearance.
2. Colorful rubber bands can be selected to create fun patterns.
Braces are a medical device, but they can also be a fun fashion accessory. Your orthodontist will use dental rubber bands to secure the wires of your braces in place. These rubber bands come in a number of colors. Some people prefer clear rubber bands that are relatively unnoticeable. However, you can have fun choosing different color combinations. Pick your favorite colors to wear on your braces. You can even pick multiple colors to create fun, vibrant patterns.
3. Braces can correct overcrowding and bite alignment issues.
Braces are often used to straighten teeth. However, they can remedy other problems as well. Some people experience overcrowding in their mouths. This occurs when a person's palate is too narrow. Tooth extraction may be performed before braces are applied. Palate expansion is another option. Braces can also be used to correct bite alignment issues by realigning the jaw. This correction can be accomplished through the use of additional dental rubber bands or orthodontic headgear.
4. Braces will not cause dental decay.
Braces are safe for use on patients of all ages. Orthodontic hardware will not cause dental decay as long as patients continue to diligently clean their teeth. It's important to brush and floss your teeth as usual while wearing braces. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your teeth. Make sure to angle your toothbrush to clean between the brackets of your braces. You can use a water jet device or floss designed for braces-wearers to clean between your teeth. Cleaning your teeth may take longer while wearing braces, but it's important to prevent tooth staining and cavities.