Our experienced Gold Coast Dentists use modern materials and technologies to make the experience of having braces much more comfortable than in the past.
What are braces?
Dental braces are wire-based appliances that orthodontists or dentists use to correct crowded and misaligned teeth or jaws. Many people who need braces get them during their early teenage years. However, you will also benefit from having adult braces. The main objective of braces is to correctly align your teeth and jaws to produce an even bite and beautiful straight smile.
How do braces work?
Braces apply constant pressure to your teeth in order to manipulate their position over time. As the teeth move, the bone supporting them moulds to their new position and eventually, changes to hold them there without the support of braces. Brackets, the squares applied to the front of each tooth, act as handles. They hold the powerful arch wire in place, the wire responsible for applying pressure to the teeth and moving them into place.
Do I need braces? Can I get braces?
Your decision to get braces is entirely your own; however, braces are becoming a more standard part of adolescent (and adult) dentistry. Most people don’t necessarily need braces, though it might be decided orthodontics may improve their smile’s aesthetics and function.
How are braces put on? How long does it take to put braces on?
The time it takes to apply braces depends on the patient and type of braces, but the process general takes 1 to 2 hours. Generally, the dentist will follow these 3 steps to apply your braces:
- Clean your teeth
First, your dentist will clean your teeth. This ensures your braces are applied on a clean surface and serves as one last check-over for any dental contraindications.
- Apply brackets using dental adhesive (glue)
Durable dental glue is applied to the centre of each tooth, and then a bracket on top of that. The glue is cured with a special light.
- Position the arch wire into place
Finally, the arch wire is clipped into each bracket and tightened. Your first arch wire will be gentle enough to have you get used to the braces, and will get thicker and stronger as they need more pressure to move.
What can’t you eat with braces?
To ensure your braces stay in the best condition possible, you should avoid the following:
- Chewy foods: liquorice, bagels, gummy candy
- Foods that you bite into with your front teeth: corn on the cob, apples
- Sticky foods: chewing gum, caramel
- Crunchy foods: ice, popcorn
- Hard foods: pizza crusts, pretzels, cookies
- Extra hard foods: hard candies, nuts
What will I look like with braces?
Other than the metallic appearance of your orthodontic appliance, there is not much that braces will do to impact your appearance.
Does it hurt to get braces off?
Most people do not experience pain when having their braces removed. The removal process itself involves deforming the base of the bracket. Using a special tool, your dentist will squeeze the bottom of the bracket, causing it to break off from the glue. This is painless, but does involve some pressure. The glue left on the tooth is filed down, careful not to damage the enamel of the tooth.
Do braces hurt?
The short answer is yes – you will experience pain as your teeth are moving. The pressure of the braces often causes teeth to become tender immediately after application and after tightening. This pain is generally manageable and not constant.
If you think you’d like braces, for whatever reason, speak to the talented team at Gold Coast Dental Studio today to schedule a consultation.