Straight teeth not only look good, they’re more healthy and hygienic too. These days, there are a number of different treatment options which will move your teeth into their desired position, but first it’s important to understand why you need braces and how they work.
How do braces work?
If you have been recommended braces, you will have small metal or ceramic brackets fitted to the front (or back in the case of lingual braces) surface of your teeth. These brackets are then connected with an archwire. Throughout the course of your treatment, this archwire will be tightened, helping to move your teeth. You will also have small elastic bands which hook over the brackets at the back, providing gentle pressure on the brackets and archwire system, guiding your teeth into a straighter position.
Invisalign also use a system of gentle force, but this is done through the use of a series of custom-moulded, virtually invisible aligners.
Types of braces
At Allstar Orthodontics we offer our patients a range of different braces, including clear and coloured braces, as well as Invisalign aligners. Find out more about these options on our treatment page.
Caring for your braces
Once you have been fitted with braces, you will need to care for them, not only for the health of your mouth but also to ensure you get the results you want. Here are a few things to be aware of about braces:
Breakages can happen: Sometimes braces can come loose from the teeth. If this happens contact the practice and an appointment can be arranged to replace the loose brace. This appointment will usually have to be scheduled between 9am-3pm to allow sufficient time to bond a new brace.
Ulcers may develop: We use low profile braces which sit very flat on the teeth, but ulcers can still develop during treatment if the bracket rubs against the inside of your mouth. If an ulcer does occur some soft wax can be placed on the braces in the area of the ulcer.
Archwires can move: Sometimes the archwire can move during eating and speaking and dig into your cheek. If this occurs, phone the practice and we will make an appointment to come in and have the wire adjusted.
Keep your teeth clean: Brushing and flossing your teeth is important, and even more so when you’re wearing braces. Brushing, either with an electric or manual toothbrush, won’t take any longer with braces. It’s also only required twice a day, not after every meal. Flossing will take longer with braces, but we will demonstrate how this can be done at your fitting.