Our experienced dentist at Meadowbrook Family Dentistry provides braces to help you achieve a healthier, more attractive smile. Straightening your teeth not only improves your appearance, but also helps you maintain better oral health. To learn more about braces in Duluth, Georgia, and to make your appointment with Dr. Ambreen Lakhani, please call us at 770-622-5909.
Braces, or other orthodontic treatment, may be provided for both children and adults. Children between the ages of 7-14 are the most common recipients of this treatment, as their facial structures are still developing and it is much easier to move their teeth and jaws into the proper positions. Adults who receive braces often need additional procedures, as their mouths and facial structures are fully developed.
Braces may be recommended for a variety of reasons, including:
- Poorly aligned jaws
- Crooked, crowded, or missing teeth
- Bad bites (also known as malocclusion)
These types of problems can be caused by any number of factors, including genetics, thumb-sucking, and traumatic injury.
In most cases, our dentist will need to make a plaster cast of your teeth and perform full X-rays of your head and mouth in order to plan your treatment. After your braces are placed, you will need to visit our practice regularly to receive any necessary adjustments and ensure that your appliance continues to move your teeth into their correct position. Following your treatment, we will provide you with a retainer to ensure that your teeth remain in place.
Types of Braces
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There are several types of braces available. The most common types of braces are:
- Traditional metal braces, which employ the use of metal strips, or bands
- Metal or plastic brackets which are cemented or bonded to the teeth
- Brackets that attach to the back teeth (lingual braces)
Aesthetics and Comfort
As technology has advanced, the appearance and comfort of braces has increased. Braces today are made from extremely lightweight and naturally colored materials. Also, your brackets can be bonded to the surfaces of your teeth for the duration of your treatment, and removed when it is completed.
You can expect to wear braces for about 2 years. Adults will usually need to wear braces for longer periods of time than children or teenagers.
You will most likely feel mild discomfort following each adjustment to your braces. This should go away quickly. If you continue to experience severe or lasting pain beyond a few days, contact our office immediately.
Oral Hygien Braces
If you are wearing braces, you must be diligent in ensuring that food particles and other debris do not become trapped between your brackets and wires. This can cause cavities and other dental problems. Additionally, your brackets can cause stains on your tooth enamel of the areas surrounding them are not cleaned on a daily basis.
Make sure to brush, floss, and rinse often. We recommend that you brush at least 3 times each day, or after every meal. Some people with braces benefit greatly from using devices like water picks, which emit small, pressurized bursts of water to effectively rinse away debris.
There are also certain foods that you should avoid, as they can damage or loosen your braces. We recommend that you avoid sticky, chewy, and crunchy substances. Our dentist will provide you with more information about foods you should avoid and how to properly care for your braces.
If your child loses a baby tooth too early as a result of injury or tooth decay, the other teeth may shift to fill the empty space, making it difficult for his or her permanent teeth to emerge later. This can result in crooked and crowded teeth, and may cause difficulty with chewing or speaking.
Our dentist can provide aå≈ space maintainer help the teeth grow in normally, ensuring that there is a place for the permanent tooth and preventing the shifting of the other teeth.
For more information about braces and other oral appliances, and to make your appointment with our dentist, contact our office today.