By Tien Dang - Doctor of Dental Surgery
Dental braces are orthodontic devices that align and straighten your teeth. They help position your teeth with regard to your bite and aim to improve your overall dental health. Braces are especially useful for fixing any gaps you may have in your teeth!
To Look Better Than Ever!
Braces are important for improving your oral health, and they can also play an important role in boosting your self-esteem. You may suffer from low self-esteem and anxiety if you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth. On the other hand, when your teeth are aligned perfectly and you are happy with your smile, you will be at ease when talking or smiling. Plus, everyone around you will see your great teeth! Also, moving your teeth into a better position, braces can also help make your jaws and lips more proportionate to your face. Braces are a great way to enhance your general appearance.
To Feel More Confident!
Braces help you smile more! Smiling is proven to benefit your mental health and also has a positive impact on the people around you. So, if you’re not happy with the way your teeth look, then braces are a great way of achieving your ideal smile! You’ll want to show off your bright smile and feel more confident than ever. In fact, 80% of people who received teeth-straightening treatment have reported it to be one of the most important treatments they’ve ever received!
To Better Your Oral Health!
There are various dental health issues that may require treating with braces, such as having an uneven bite. If you have an uneven bite, this is likely a result of misaligned teeth. An uneven bite could lead to you developing other dental issues such as overly worn teeth or chipping of teeth. Braces can not only align your teeth but also help prevent these issues. Another benefit is that braces can help prevent gum disease. As gum disease is often a result of unflossed teeth, you are more likely to suffer from it if you have overcrowded teeth, where floss can’t get to those hard to reach places. Since braces help space your teeth out, they can help you improve your dental health by flossing properly. In addition to this, braces can also prevent future jaw weakness and muscle pain which is caused by misaligned teeth.
Do you often find yourself wondering “do I need braces?” If so, we’ve got you covered! Tim Dang, an in-house orthodontist here at Studio Dental of River Park, has compiled a list of the most common health issues that call for orthodontic therapy and treatment. You might need braces if:
How Successful Are Braces?
Treatment with orthodontic braces has a very high success rate. However, success depends on both the skills of the orthodontist and the enthusiasm of the patient. It’s really important to follow any instructions you are given by the orthodontist and to go to any appointments you have with them to ensure the best possible results.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
The price of orthodontic therapy varies greatly depending on the type you receive. There 3 types of braces, and each one has a different price point. Typically, the price of this orthodontic therapy ranges between $3000-$6000.
How Long Will I Have Braces?
Fixed braces will typically last 18-24 months, but can be required for up to 4 years if necessary. However, you can help ensure that your treatment is as fast as possible if you follow all of your orthodontist’s instructions!
So now that we know when you need braces, what goes into actually getting the right orthodontic treatment for you?
Braces Pain And Sensitivity
A few hours after getting braces, you will likely develop some pain and soreness in your teeth and gums. This pain typically lingers for about a week and will fade quickly after. The pain you may experience is because of the pressure being put on your teeth by the wires and rubber bands. These wires and rubber bands are meant to slowly straighten your teeth, and your mouth will quickly become adjusted.
After your first week of wearing braces, you may experience:
Once the braces have been applied, you will need to visit your orthodontist every few weeks for adjustments. At these visits, your orthodontist will tighten the wires, springs, or elastic bands to increase the tension on your teeth. This ensures that your teeth are getting moved properly.
Tightening your braces may cause some pain and soreness for a few days. Don’t worry, this discomfort shouldn’t be as bad as the initial pain of getting your braces. After a few days, you will become more familiar with the increased pressure on your teeth. Any over-the-counter painkiller should be enough to relieve your pain, but remember to ask your orthodontist if you require further assistance.
Why Retainers Are Important
A retainer is a removable or fixed appliance that is custom-made to your teeth to help maintain their new position after braces have been removed. The use of a retainer is a very important part of the aftercare and maintenance process. Retainers are typically made of clear plastic/rubber and metal wires that cover the outside surface of your teeth, and need to be worn all the time for the first couple of months and then usually only at night when sleeping.
The time frame for wearing a retainer varies depending on your individual treatment. Although the braces may have straightened your teeth, they won’t be completely settled in their new position until the bones, gums, and muscles have adapted to this change. In addition to this, after long periods of time, teeth tend to shift position, which is another reason why it’s really important to wear your retainer.
In order to make a comparison between braces and Invisalign, we need to understand what Invisalign is. Invisalign is a type of orthodontic therapy that takes the form of clear tray aligners. They’re made of a special blend of plastic and manufactured based on molds of your mouth. The aligners are a solid piece of plastic that put pressure on specific parts of your teeth to slowly move them into the desired position.
To get Invisalign, you will need to have a consultation with your orthodontist. They’ll take into account your smile, general oral health, and take impressions of your mouth. After deciding if Invisalign is right for you, your orthodontist will introduce a treatment timeline customized to your needs and plans. Then, your Invisalign aligner trays will be made.
Your aligner trays are custom fit and unique to your mouth. Invisalign involves a series of aligner trays that are changed every 1-2 weeks. Each tray will feel different, as it’s designed with the purpose of shifting and moving your teeth. You will need to wear the Invisalign trays for roughly (20–22 hours/day) in order to see the results you want. Plus side, your aligner trays can be easily removed for eating, brushing, flossing, and outdoor activity!
Benefits of Invisalign
Benefits of Braces
Drawbacks of Invisalign
Drawbacks of Braces
Lastly, it is important to remember that both are good means of treatment but you should discuss with your orthodontist which will be the best course of action in relation to your lifestyle, desired outcome, and overall preference. You may find that you prefer traditional braces to Invisalign, or vice versa.