Many people regard white and neat teeth as a symbol of health and beauty. However, if the teeth are not neat by nature, then for aesthetic reasons or to solve health problems, you can consider wearing braces to straighten your teeth. But how do you judge whether wearing braces is really good for your teeth? If you think you “need” correction, what should you do? This article will briefly describe the steps you can take.
1: Check Your Teeth
- To determine if you have a crowded dentition, you can use dental floss. If the floss is difficult to slip into the gap between the teeth, your teeth may be too tight.
- There are many reasons for crooked teeth or crowded teeth. Some people have too small bones to hold all the teeth, which causes the teeth to shift and squeeze together. This condition is usually caused by genetics, that is, in most cases, our upper jaw is inherited from one of the parents, while the lower jaw is inherited from the other.
- Others have developed wisdom teeth, squeezing the weaker roots and bones of the front teeth, causing them to skew, resulting in crowded teeth.
- When the teeth are clenched, the part of the upper teeth that exceeds the lower teeth covers more than half of the visible surface of the lower teeth, which is a deep coverage of the front teeth.
- When the teeth are clenched, the lower teeth are occluded outside the upper teeth.
- There is another situation when clenching the teeth, that is, the lower front teeth cannot touch the upper front teeth, leaving a sagittal space. This situation is a super occlusion.
- The upper teeth are incorrectly positioned during the occlusion, and they are located within the lower teeth. This is a reverse occlusion. If not corrected, it will cause facial asymmetry.
- Misalignment can also cause difficulty in chewing, which can cause jaw pain and even gastrointestinal discomfort.
- Dislocation of the jaw can cause muscle tension and cause frequent headaches.
- Severe deep coverage of the front teeth can cause the lower incisors to damage the gum tissue at the top of the mouth, making chewing very painful.
2: Consider other Symptoms
1. Determine if the food will get stuck between teeth. Food is often stuck between teeth and becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, which can cause gum disease and tooth decay. Wearing braces to straighten your teeth can help eliminate the gaps or pits between the teeth that contain bacteria and food debris.
2. Smell your own breath. Frequent or persistent bad breath, if it cannot be removed after brushing or flossing teeth, it may indicate that bacteria are growing in crooked or crowded teeth, or there are holes that can cause gums to suppurate.
3. Listen to your own voice. Slurred speech may be caused by a misaligned bite. By correcting teeth and jaws, braces can help eliminate this type of slurred speech.
4. Consider whether you often feel pain in your jaw. Misalignment of the jaw can cause additional pressure on the “temporomandibular joint”, which connects the jaw to the head. If you feel pain often in this area, you may have to adjust your jaw to correct the bite to avoid uneven tension in the temporomandibular joint.
3: Consider Wearing Braces
1. Think about why you want to wear braces. There are many reasons why people choose to wear braces. Sometimes just for aesthetics. Many people regard neat, white teeth as a symbol of health and beauty. It is natural to hope that their teeth are white and smile bright. However, many people choose to wear braces for health reasons.
- Misalignment is manifested as crooked teeth and/or crowded teeth, which is the most common reason why people choose to wear braces.
2. Make sure you are willing to adapt to braces. If you choose to wear braces, the average adult wear time is 12 to 20 months. Most children and adolescents need to wear braces for about 2 years. After removing the braces, you may need to wear a retainer for a few months. If you lack patience and determination, it is easy to give up halfway through the treatment process. Make sure you are prepared for long-term efforts.
- Adults may require more wearing time than children and adolescents. In addition, because adult facial bones have stopped growing and have a higher degree of mineralization, problems such as sleep apnea that can be corrected by braces in childhood may not be corrected in adulthood.
3. Talk to a friend wearing braces. If you are an adult and have not worn braces before, you should listen to the opinions of people who have worn braces and understand the experience in order to determine whether braces are suitable for you.
4. Determine whether you can afford the cost of braces. Standard metal braces usually cost 16,000 yuan to 20,000 yuan. The price of “invisible” braces such as transparent ceramic braces or invisible braces will be even higher.
- Some health insurance in China does not reimburse the cost of braces. You can consult your insurance company about your dental insurance and out-of-pocket expenses.
5. Consult your dentist about your teeth. Although not as professionally trained as an orthodontist, a dentist can still give initial advice on your dental condition. They can help you decide whether you should see an orthodontist for teeth and jaw problems.
- The dentist can also refer you to a reliable local orthodontist. If you need to fill your teeth, extract your teeth, or repair any other dental problems, they can also help you prepare before treatment begins.
6. Consult your dentist about dental veneers. If the crookedness or crowding of the teeth is not serious enough to require braces for correction, then the dental patch will suit you. It is a thin ceramic sheet attached to the front of the teeth, which can improve the appearance of the teeth, and it has an immediate effect, making your teeth look neat and white, and your smile is flawless.
4: Get Professional Advice
1. Consult your dentist about braces correction. The dentist will take X-rays and check the bite to help you determine if you need to see an orthodontist.
- The dentist will also determine if your teeth are too crowded or slightly tight.
2. Consult an orthodontist. You can ask the doctor in the hospital to recommend an orthodontist to you.
3. Know what types of braces can be used. The terrible head-hat joint braces and “metal mouth” have been eliminated. According to your budget, dental needs, and aesthetic preferences, you can choose from a variety of braces and orthodontic appliances.
- Standard metal braces are usually the most affordable and effective option. However, some people feel uncomfortable because the braces are so conspicuous.
- Transparent ceramic braces, like metal braces, are installed on the front of the teeth, but they are not so conspicuous. They are slightly less effective than metal braces and are easier to stain and break, but they are more expensive.
- Invisible braces are completely different from traditional braces. The most common invisible braces are invisible braces. Invista Orthodontics is a custom-made appliance that gradually moves the teeth into place during wear. Due to the need to make multiple sets of braces to gradually move the teeth, Inviscare is the most expensive option, and its scope of application is also relatively limited. Because of the different types of forces generated, Inviscare appliances cannot be compared with conventional braces. They are also not suitable for bite problems.
4. Consult an orthodontist about any risks associated with braces. For almost everyone, wearing braces is safe, but sometimes it doesn’t feel so comfortable. However, braces correction also has some risks, so please consult your dentist.
- For some people, braces can cause the roots to become shorter. Although this rarely causes any problems, in some cases it can cause teeth to loosen.
- If your teeth were previously damaged by physical trauma or accidents, the movement of the teeth caused by the braces may cause discoloration of the teeth or irritate the nerves.
- Failure to follow the instructions of the orthodontist may result in the tooth not being properly corrected. In this case, the correction effect after removing the braces may also be affected.
5. Please consult an orthodontist to find out how to properly maintain oral hygiene during this period. After deciding to wear braces, you need to take special care of your teeth to prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and enamel demineralization.
- Please note that when wearing braces, the difficulty of properly cleaning your teeth will be greatly increased, especially when wearing metal or transparent ceramic braces bonded to the teeth.