What is braces?

Orthodontic treatment is a method used to correct teeth and regulate jaw structure. Dental braces consist of small brackets and wires attached to the teeth. These brackets and wires work to move the teeth into the desired positions, ensuring proper alignment. The duration of treatment varies depending on the individual’s needs and can sometimes take months or even years.

Orthodontic treatment, aimed at both aesthetic and functional improvements, may include alternative methods such as clear aligners in addition to traditional braces. The treatment method is determined by an orthodontist based on the patient’s condition.

When should orthodontic treatment begin?

Orthodontic treatment typically begins around the ages of 10-12 when primary teeth are being replaced by permanent teeth. Additionally, in some children, early orthodontic appliances used at an earlier age can facilitate future treatment or reduce the need for it.

How long are removable palate expanders typically worn?

The duration of wearing removable palate expanders can vary depending on the requirements of the treatment. However, generally, it is recommended to wear such appliances for 14-16 hours a day. The treatment duration can vary depending on individual circumstances; it may last a few months in some cases, while in others, it could extend to several years. Your orthodontist will determine how long you need to wear them based on your specific situation and goals.

What are the causes of tooth misalignments?

Tooth misalignments can result from several different factors. Genetic factors, jaw and facial structure, childhood habits, and dental health can contribute to tooth misalignments. Additionally, improper positioning of baby teeth or early loss of baby teeth can also lead to misalignments.

Habits such as thumb-sucking and nail-biting can affect jaw development and contribute to misalignments. Misalignments that are not treated early can lead to more complex issues in later years. Therefore, it is important for children to receive regular check-ups with an orthodontist and to begin treatment when necessary.

What should be the care of teeth during orthodontic treatment?

It is important for patients to brush their teeth at least twice a day and clean between the braces. Mouthwashes can also help with oral hygiene.

During orthodontic treatment, individuals using braces should be careful about their diet.

They should avoid sticky, hard, or abrasive foods to protect their braces and maintain dental health. For example, they can opt for foods that carry less risk, such as chocolate, dairy products, and soft vegetables. Additionally, they should be cautious when selecting foods like sliced fruits or soft bread. Changing dietary habits during the treatment process can positively impact the success of the treatment and dental health.

How often should I go for check-ups during orthodontic treatment (braces)?

It is generally recommended to go for check-ups at intervals of 4 to 8 weeks. These appointments involve monitoring and adjustments to the condition of the wires or appliances and the movement of the teeth. Your orthodontist will inform you of the frequency required for your treatment process.