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The Basics of Traditional Braces

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Since ancient times, people have been fascinated by the idea of being able to straighten teeth. In ancient Egypt, they used pressure to straighten the teeth of their deceased. Orthodontia slowly but surely came into existence with the first braces being introduced to the public in the early 1900s. As you can probably imagine, treatments have vastly improved since then!

In the 1970s, technological advances began to propel the world of orthodontics forward, launching it into the successful and streamlined field that it is today. Orthodontic treatment is easier than ever and affordable for most people. Best of all, technology is still advancing and making treatment times shorter than ever before. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty amazing!

How Do Braces Work?

Braces utilize pressure over time to straighten teeth. In conjunction with the human body’s ability to adjust and heal accordingly, braces can transform any smile. Correcting some issues such as overjets, crossbites, overcrowding, or gaps between the teeth may also help correct speech impediments caused by tooth misalignment.

Your orthodontist attaches the metal brackets in specific places on the front of your teeth. Then the archwire is attached with colorful, tiny rubber bands called ligatures. You can have some fun with these because you can choose different colors for holidays or special occasions.

Depending on how misaligned your teeth are to start with, the archwire may not look straight when it’s first put in. That’s okay, though – by the end of treatment, the archwire will go straight across your teeth.

Some Things You Should Know

Though traditional braces are common, easy to take care of, and a great treatment option for most people, there are a few things that can happen that you should be aware of. Complications are rare, but it helps to be aware and informed about the possibilities.

  • With metal braces, some people experience sores due to a bracket irritating the gums. This tends to happen mainly in the beginning weeks of treatment, right after you have your braces put on. Your orthodontist will give you orthodontic wax to put over the bracket that’s bothering your gums, and once your mouth adjusts to the hardware, you won’t experience sores anymore.
  • With traditional braces, there are certain foods you should avoid during treatment. Some of these foods include corn on the cob, chewy candy, nuts, and it’s recommended that you don’t chew on ice (which you shouldn’t do anyway; it’s bad for the teeth). Following the food guidelines your orthodontist gives you will help you experience the best and most successful treatment possible.
  • Though technological advancements have vastly improved this aspect of braces, sometimes adjustments can still cause soreness in the mouth for a day or two. One option we offer here at Baker Orthodontics is comfort braces, which is a custom treatment plan suited specifically to your needs, so if you’re concerned about adjustments, ask us how we can help!
  • A word of caution about brushing: if you don’t brush your teeth often and thoroughly, bacteria can hide in the spaces around your brackets and cause the beginning of cavities to form. This is also called decalcification, and it essentially turns the tooth extremely white in those areas. Though recalcification may be possible, it tends to be extremely difficult. The best way to avoid this is by brushing often and avoiding sugary food and drinks like soda.

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