What Are Braces and Are There Different Types?

Braces in Milton Keynes are a viable treatment option for anyone looking for a straighter, more appealing smile, not just children. Braces are a targeted and healthy way of improving a person’s smile, as they gently realign teeth within the jawbones whilst preserving the integrity of the teeth, this treatment option can also help with overcrowding.

After the treatment, a person’s bite can often be more even, aligning the front and back teeth. There are numerous types of this treatment available, an orthodontist will assess the teeth and advise on the correct type of procedure for their patient. The traditional fixed type appliance is one that uses small metal brackets with the addition of wire to move teeth into the desired position. The fixed, tooth-coloured option is also very popular and here the brackets are translucent so the overall look is more discreet, other people may not be even aware that the treatment is taking place.

Another type of treatment that is available is a fixed lingual appliance, this device is made up of brackets that are custom built to fit the client’s teeth and attached to the inside surfaces of the teeth, making them virtually invisible. Invisalign is also very much in demand, these braces are translucent and can be removed.

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What are the benefits of having braces?

There are many benefits of this treatment option, they include the fact that straighter teeth are easier to brush, clean and floss which can keep a person’s teeth and gums healthier for longer, preventing issues such as gum disease. Cavities and periodontal disease may also be reduced. A straighter smile is also beneficial to a person’s image of themselves. A person’s self-esteem can also be improved by making their lips and jaw more proportionate to their face. The benefits also include an improved ability to chew food, alleviation of any  speech impairment, reduced grinding and chipping of teeth and a reduced risk of injury from protruding teeth. The treatment option can also aid digestion, as the alignment of a person’s teeth can allow food to be cut into smaller pieces before swallowing.

Everyone deserves a smile that they can be proud of and this treatment option can provide that.

How to care for the mouth both during and post-treatment

Visiting an orthodontist regularly can ensure that your mouth remains healthy both during and after the treatment, keeping up with appointments means that adjustments can be made to the appliance to allow the successful movement of teeth during the process. Regularly brushing between meals, as well as using floss can promote good overall oral health. Whilst brushing, any removable parts of the orthodontic appliance should be taken apart and the brush should be held at an angle so as to clear around any wires or pins in the appliance.

Each tooth should be carefully brushed as an individual, paying attention to outer and inner tooth surfaces. Time should then be taken to rinse and check the teeth and orthodontic appliance. Looking after the appliance should ensure it performs to the maximum of its ability and give the client the smile that they deserve.

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