Straight Talk on Braces
Braces have been around since the early 19th century. Even before that there was some form of primitive correction of the teeth. Today braces bring to mind fashion and color. They not only bring out trends but also are more efficient for the work that they have been put in place for. They are also comfortable to wear unlike braces of olden days.
In the olden days braces were used to put on only teeth that have come out permanently. Now teeth can be corrected even before they have come out of the gums. They can be guided to come out in proper way.
More than 4.5 million people are turning to braces year after year across the United States. This has built up confidence levels and brought out the smile in the faces of the people. These appliances have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and they have been ensured for the safety.
Not Just for Looks
Braces have been in place not just to ensure the beauty of a person or guarantee his / her smile. It has built up confidence levels in people to the extent that they are quite successful ion their lives. They are able to rectify health problems and help one to maintain better oral hygiene. Teeth that have been overcrowded in the mouth are distributed evenly and thy can be cleaned effectively by brushing and flossing. Other dental problems like tooth decay and cavities can also be cleared over time with proper braces for your teeth.
Problems like “Bite Problems” can be corrected with effective placing of braces. More often than not the upper jaw and the lower jaw don’t close correctly and this has caused sever stress to the jaw bones thereby producing pain. At very advanced stages of these problems it often needs surgical correction.
Causes of Crooked Teeth
Straight teeth are a boon that not everybody enjoys. It has been observed that more than seventy five percent of the world’s population could do with some form of orthodontic correction.
Factors that cause crooked teeth can be either environmental, hereditary or circumstances. And the beauty of these problems is that all of these problems can be corrected.
People who suffer from the habit of tongue thrusting tend to have teeth that are protruding out of their mouths. This is a dental problem that can be corrected with braces, counseling and training.
Another habit that causes teeth protrusion is thumb sucking. If thumb sucking is not stopped by the age of five, teeth start to come out of the jaws and protrude out of the jaw line
Then and Now
Braces work by wearing them over a period of time, they put a gradual pressure on the teeth and this is achieved by the means of a metal wire. The metal wire is held in place by a set of rubber bands made of latex. The metal wire is known as the arch wire. This metal wire then used to be attached to cement to other tooth.
As on date, the arch wire is held in place by tiny brackets made of ceramic or metal. The brackets are glued to the front teeth. These guleses are designed to release fluoride continuously so that the teeth are always protected. For correction of the rear teeth, metal bands are still being used. But these metal bands are more efficient and they are also lighter.
The arch wire put in place need to be adjusted periodically. But in olden days the arch wire needed to be adjusted every four weeks, now one needs to make fewer visits to the dentist to get his / her arch wire adjusted. The arch wires that are presently being used are made of high quality nickel titanium mixture. This increases the flexibility of the metal and they have a special property where by when they get warn with the mouth or body temperature, they slowly start excreting pressure and get the work done on the teeth. These metal combinations were used to activate solar panels of spacecraft.
Braces that are being used today can be made to look more prominent if the need be (for youngsters who define this as a fashion statement) or they can be made to look discreet. The look is such that one is unable to notice the braces that have been put in place. There are companies that make braces of gold to wear as jewelry of the mouth.
The only thing that has not changed with the braces that are being worn during earlier days and the braces that are being worn now is the duration of the time that the braces are worn. Braces correct the teeth gradually and this process cannot be hastened as this may result in severe teeth damage. Braces are worn for a period of approximately twenty to twenty four months.