If you are thinking about getting braces to change up the appearance of your smile, then there are a few things you are going to want to know. The more you know about braces, then the more likely you are going to be able to determine whether or not this is the right orthodontic treatment for you. Plus, you will go into it feeling more comfortable about the process that is to come with them. Here are four things you should know:
- Braces are to Treat Bad Bites: Many people think that braces are strictly used to make the teeth straighter for aesthetic reasons. However, the true reason an orthodontist recommends braces for their patients is to correct a bad bite. A bad bite is when the back molars do not meet properly enough to ensure thorough chewing. This can also affect speech and, on top of that, is what also can cause a less than perfect smile.
- Children Can be Early Candidates: If you are a parent concerned about when your child is ready for braces to correct their teeth, keep in mind that they can be early candidates. Some children as early as seven can begin receiving orthodontic treatments to correct bad bites. This is because at this time in their lives, their teeth are typically mature enough to be able to retain their position once they are corrected.
- There is Some Discomfort: The immediate fear concerning braces is that they can cause some discomfort, especially when you first receive them. This is because there is an enormous amount of pressure put on your teeth to change their position. If you feel like the discomfort is enough to make you feel like you are unable to enjoy daily life, then talk to your orthodontist about what kind of pain relievers are available for you to take.
- You Will Need Retainers: After the braces come off, you are going to need retainers. This is because your teeth are going to want to return to their normal position and they will begin to do so quickly if they are not retained. The retainer is going to need to be worn full time for the first few weeks and then your orthodontist will recommend only wearing it at night. You will need to keep your retainer around for the rest of your life because your teeth are going to want to change position no matter what.
Knowing these four things about braces will allow you to better determine whether or not you or your children are ready for braces. You will also know a bit more that will make you feel more comfortable with the process.