If your teeth are crooked, misaligned or have gaps then chances are that braces will help. A brace gently moves your teeth into the proper position making your smile straight and your teeth wear evenly.
What Kind of Braces Can I Get?
There are a lot of braces out there to choose from and braces by The Dental Surgery Burnham LTD will be offered by most, if not every, dentist. It’s advisable to look around to see which dentists offer which options. While not comprehensive, here is a list of the major types of braces:
Fixed braces – The more traditional form of braces.
Removable braces – Used to correct minor misalignments.
Invisible braces – A cosmetic alternative to traditional braces, they are colour matched to your teeth to provide the same function as traditional braces while alleviating any concerns you may have about your smile during treatment.
Lingual braces – Braces that are fitted behind your teeth making them practically invisible although they are the most expensive treatment and are the most difficult to clean.
Invisalign – A series of plastic mouth-guard like, removable, clear plastic aligners. They must be replaced every two weeks but are nearly invisible.
What Should I Do Next?
Given the options listed above, it is crucial to consult your dentist. Not only does it take an examination of your teeth to decide the correct forces to apply, but your dentist will also be able to help you pick the right treatment for you. Each type of brace has advantages and disadvantages and some may not be suitable for your specific needs.
Do They Hurt?
The fitting itself should cause no pain and there are a variety of sedation and pain killing options available. Talk to your dentist beforehand if you feel nervous and they will do their best to allay any fears you may have.
There may be some discomfort for the first few days after your braces have been fitted, again your dentist can give you options and advice to help. After a while, any irritation should fade. Again, talk to your dentist, they are there to help you through the treatment and they have a wealth of knowledge to draw from.