Do I Need Braces? Candidates Causes Benefits Oral Care Time
Do I Need Braces? • Children as well as adults, are choosing to have orthodontic treatment for several reasons:C – malocclusion (bite or occlusion is off)A – tooth malalignment (crooked teeth) – unhappy with appearance of teethND • During the preteen and teenage years, the jaws are growing and maturing, therefore it is easier to shift teeth at this stage rather thanI later on in adulthood.D • More adults are choosing to have orthodontic treatment in order toA improve the appearance of their teeth. Since their jaws are no longerT growing, treatment may take a little longer.ES
Do I Need Braces? • Hereditary: for example, you may inherit your mothers small jaw, and your fathers large teeth; if this is the case, your teeth would be too large to fit your jaw.CA • Trauma: if you lose a tooth due to an accident, then teeth mayU start to drift into the empty space.SE • Disease: you can lose a tooth early due to cavities or gumS disease; this often leaves a space which other teeth drift towards. • Malnutrition: nutritional deficiencies can alter the growth of the jaws and teeth. • Habits: thumb-sucking can shift the teeth out of alignment.
Do I Need Braces? Orthodontics is not only used to improve your appearance, as malocclusion or malaligned teeth can have long term effects,B such as:E – interference with normal growth and development of theN jawsE – abnormal swallowing patterns – abnormal facial muscle functionF – impairment of chewingI – speech defectsT – susceptibility to cavities due to the difficulty of removingS plaque from crooked teeth – vulnerability to accidents or fractured teeth (if your front teeth stick out, they may be more easily injured)
Do I Need Braces?ORALC • Braces collect food and dental plaque very easily. If proper oralA hygiene is neglected during orthodontic treatment both toothR decay and periodontal disease can easily occur.E • It is very important to maintain a daily plaque control program. This program can be determined by your dental hygienist. • Please refer to the printable brochure for more information.
Do I Need Braces? • Brush your teeth and braces, at least three times a day (and especially after eating). • Clean between teeth at least once daily-and definitely just before you go to bed. • Use fluoride toothpasteTI • Use a fluoride mouth rinse or fluoride supplements to help reduce the risk of cavities.PS • Carry your toothbrush and floss with you at all times so that you can clean your teeth even when you are not at home. • Continue to visit your dentist for regular check-ups • Avoid frequent sugary snacks especially sticky foods that can damage your braces and increase your risk for cavities.