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All You Need to Know About Braces

The Importance of Braces for Teeth Alignment


Teeth play a crucial role in enhancing beauty and giving individuals self-confidence when they smile. However, misaligned teeth can affect someone's body image and self-esteem. Braces are commonly used to correct teeth alignment issues and improve one's oral health and appearance.

Conditions that Require Braces

Braces are used to correct the following teeth misalignment conditions:

  1. Overbite: Occurs when the upper jaw protrudes further and the lower jaw is set far back. It can also happen when the front teeth protrude outward at an angle, known as buck teeth.
  2. Crossbite: Occurs when teeth in the upper jaw are positioned behind teeth in the lower jaw, leading to crooked jaw development in children.
  3. Underbite: Happens when the lower jaw protrudes in front of the upper jaw.
  4. Overcrowding: Occurs when teeth are crowded in the jawline, causing them to come out at odd angles.
  5. Open bite: Occurs when the front teeth in the upper or lower jaw don't meet properly.
  6. Spacing: Occurs when teeth are spread too far apart from each other.
  7. Deep bite: Occurs when the front teeth in the upper jaw cover those in the lower jaw.

Teeth misalignment can cause several problems, such as premature or uneven wearing of the teeth, temporomandibular joint problems, tooth decay, weakened teeth, bruxism, and soft tissue damage.

Types of Braces

Different types of braces are used to treat various teeth misalignment problems. These include:

  • Metal braces: The most common type, made of alloy or titanium.
  • Ceramic braces: Similar to metal braces but blend with the color of your teeth.
  • Lingual braces: Metal braces placed inside the teeth.
  • Self-ligating braces: Resemble metal braces but use a spring-loaded door to secure the wire.
  • Clear aligners: Clear trays worn over your teeth.

The Process of Fitting Braces

The braces consist of three essential parts: brackets, wires, and tiny rubber bands. The brackets are attached to the teeth and have slots to hold the wires. The wires are threaded through the slots, and the rubber bands secure the wires to the brackets. The fitting process involves bonding the brackets to the teeth, creating an impression of teeth alignment, and attaching the brackets and wires. The procedure usually takes 90 to 120 minutes.

Discomfort and Care for Braces

Some discomfort may occur after braces are fitted, including tooth sensitivity and sores in the mouth. Over-the-counter medicine can help alleviate these issues. It's essential to maintain proper oral hygiene and use orthodontic wax for comfort. Treatment time may vary, but braces are effective for people of all ages. A soft diet is recommended for the first few days after getting braces, and proper care should be taken to avoid damaging them.


Braces are a life-transforming solution for individuals with misaligned teeth. They not only enhance one's appearance but also improve oral health. To achieve the best results, it's important to maintain proper care for the braces and follow the advice of your orthodontist. Contact an orthodontist today to schedule an appointment and receive personalized advice on dealing with teeth misalignment and the best braces recommendation for you.

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