If your dentist or orthodontist told you that you need braces, it’s natural to feel some apprehension. But by understanding what’s involved in the process, you’ll quickly come to realize how valuable this treatment can be for your overall oral health. Here, the experienced team at Orthodontics by Buhl in Jasper, GA, explains the basics about braces.
A Guide to Braces
They Aren’t Just for Teenagers
Adults often have crooked teeth or gaps between their teeth because they mistakenly believe that braces are for younger people. But the truth is that they are also a very effective treatment for adults. In addition, less conspicuous options, such as clear braces and retainers, make it easier than ever to go about your daily life while improving your smile.
It’s More Than Teeth Straightening
Although the most common use of braces is teeth straightening, that’s not all they do. They also play a large role in fixing structural mouth problems, such as overbites, underbites, malocclusion, and TMJ disorder.
The Duration of Treatment Varies
The length of orthodontic treatment will vary from person to person and depends on the extent of the issue. Most people wear their appliances for 18 months to 24 months You can sometimes shorten the duration of treatment by keeping your teeth and appliances clean, wearing your rubber bands and keeping all your orthodontic appointments. Additionally, once the braces come off, you may need to wear a retainer. In Dr. Buhl’s office this will not be forever. Most patients only have to wear a retainer for about 1-1 ½ years. It is during this phase of treatment that Dr. Buhl will be working to get the teeth to fit together harmoniously. This is done by Equilibrating the teeth or adjusting the bite to make them fit together properly.
They Can Cause Discomfort
For the most part, there’s only a mild soreness after braces are put on and after each adjustment. You can treat discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers, and the sore feeling should go away after a few days. To decrease your risk of pain, follow the care instructions given by your orthodontist.
Invisible Braces Aren’t for Everyone
There’s a lot of buzz about invisible braces, such as Invisalign®, but it’s important to discuss with your orthodontist whether this treatment will work for you. Because you can remove them for part of the day, treatment may take longer if you’re not strictly adherent to the wear schedule. They’re also not a good option for more severe teeth problems or structural issues. If you’re looking for a less noticeable treatment, clear braces might provide a better balance between function and aesthetics.
Whether you’re looking to straighten your smile or improve the overall function of your mouth, Orthodontics by Buhl will provide the right solution for your dental problem. With more than 30 years of experience, this comprehensive orthodontic practice offers the highest quality treatment at prices you can afford. They also provide a free initial consultation and X-ray. To schedule an appointment, call (706) 692-7989 or visit them online to read more about their services.