It’s not unusual to see people nowadays have braces on their teeth. At the right age, teenagers are fitted with dental braces due to various orthodontic problems such as misaligned jaw, out-of-place teeth eruptions, having crooked teeth
In the United States, statistics showed that more than 4 million people wear dental braces, 25% of which are adults. This is how many people have misaligned jaw or crooked teeth and other orthodontic problems which can lead to gum disease, tooth loss, tooth decay, speech impairments, bone destruction, chewing and digestive difficulties and other dental injuries.
What are Dental Braces?
Dental brace is a dental appliance that is wrapped all the way around the teeth. It has brackets the run along a wire affixed to the teeth. The brackets and wire press against the teeth to move them slightly in order to allow the teeth to achieve correct position and formation.
In the past, dental braces are wrapped all the way around the tooth. However, in today’s generation, bonded brackets are used which are a lot smaller. Another type of dental brace usually attached to the teeth is the clear brace which is addressing the appearance or visual concern more than anything else. Dental braces are worn on the average from 12 to 20 months.
Benefits of Dental Braces
People who wear dental braces can expect to achieve the following results:
Gaps in between teeth are closed
Crooked teeth are corrected, allowing proper alignment of teeth
Bad bites are addressed and corrected
Perfectly positioned teeth that can allow you to have that perfect smile
Preventing other health problems that may stem from dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Overcrowding of teeth is addressed and corrected
Help achieve and boost Self-confidence
A properly aligned and supported braces are not just healthier but easier to clean as well. They are also required for some orthodontic procedures such as tooth restoration, dental crown and dental bridges.
Overcrowding of teeth, if not addressed can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. It’s harder to brush and floss teeth that are spaced too closely to each other. With dental braces, spacers are used in between the teeth to space out the teeth properly.
Having chewing or bite problems can cause the teeth to wear out quickly, which will eventually lead to tooth loss. Biting problems can also tire out jaw muscles and cause pain while eating.
The resulting aligned and properly positioned teeth, after months of wearing dental braces will greatly improve and boost self-confidence. You will no longer feel embarrassed smiling because there are no crooked or misaligned teeth anymore. For many people, a beautiful smile is the best and worthy benefit of dental braces.
Dental braces can be critical to your oral health. So if you notice any deformation or defects on the alignment of your teeth, it is important that you consult with your dentist so you can discuss the option of wearing braces to correct the problem.