What is a Dental Brace?

It is perhaps surprising that the brace has been an integral part of dental hygiene since the time of the ancient Greeks. In essence the brace serves a variety of functions, which depend on the needs of the individual. They normally serve several simultaneous functions ranging from correcting misaligned teeth to more complex long term applications, such as widening the jaw. Modern treatment involving braces lasts anything from a few months to several years.

 

How is the correct brace determined?

As with any program of dental treatment a strict regime of oral hygiene is essential, this removes the more obvious obstacles to a successful course of treatment. After meeting the minimum standards set by a practitioner such as at Findlay, OH, the patients teeth (not to mention the patient) are prepared for the fitting of the braces. The first stage is to X-Ray the teeth and construct detailed moulds and models of the teeth. These models are becoming increasingly digitized and it is from this information that the dentist ascertains the correct brace to apply. At its simplest the reason for needing braces is that the mouth cannot accommodate the teeth. Clearly, one cannot remove teeth unless it is absolutely necessary. Therefore, the teeth need to be straightened and or the jaw expanded.

What is the basic procedure?

Approximately two weeks before the treatment is due to start the teeth are spread apart so that there is enough space for the bands of the brace to attach themselves to the teeth. It seems obvious to state but the braces have to be held in place over each stage of the treatment and so an adhesive is applied to the teeth. This helps the cement attached to each bracket of the brace firmly attach itself to each tooth. Each bracket is applied individually and it normally takes a few seconds per tooth. After the braces are applied each bracket is hardened and if necessary additional spacing and bands are added to ensure flexibility and extra attachment. This tends to be necessary for the molars and pre-molars, particularly if the patient has fillings. It necessary to adjust the braces every six weeks or, sometimes less, depending on the treatment, this is normally performed in the dental surgery. It is usual to feel a little discomfort, which will pass very soon after the adjustment. Visit website for more information.

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