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What Are Braces?


Posted on 2/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Smiling woman wearing ceramic braces at Enamel General and Cosmetic Dentistry. Braces, a widely used orthodontic treatment, are crucial in enhancing oral health and achieving a confident smile. Many individuals, both young and old, benefit from the corrective power of braces to address various dental issues and improve overall oral function.

Why Braces Are Necessary


Braces serve as a solution to correct misalignments and irregularities in the teeth and jaw. Dental professionals often recommend them to address issues such as overcrowding, uneven spacing, or malocclusions. These problems, if left untreated, can lead to difficulties in biting, chewing, and proper oral hygiene.

The Process of Getting Braces


The journey to a straighter smile begins with a comprehensive examination by an orthodontist. This initial assessment helps determine the specific issues that need correction. Following this, the orthodontist creates a personalized treatment plan outlining the duration of the braces, adjustments required, and expected outcomes. The actual application of braces involves attaching brackets to the teeth and connecting them with wires, gradually guiding the teeth into their optimal positions.

Maintaining Braces


Braces increase the risk of tooth decay, so limit sugary drinks and starchy foods. Visit the orthodontist every 8 to 10 weeks for adjustments, hygiene checks, and O-ring replacements.

Cleaning Teeth With Braces


Taking extra care of your oral hygiene when you have braces is essential. Brushing regularly after meals will help prevent food from getting stuck between your braces and teeth. You can use special floss provided by the orthodontist to floss around the braces twice a day, which will help keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Also, get a waterpik flosser or interdental toothbrush to reach tough spots. Schedule regular dental cleanings every six months (twice a year) while you have braces to maintain good oral health.

In the journey to a straighter smile, braces are a testament to the advancements in orthodontic care. If you are considering braces for yourself or a family member, consult our orthodontic professional to explore the options tailored to your needs.

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