The idea of getting braces may at first be daunting to a teenager.
But the benefits definitely make it worthwhile.
It may be hard to believe at first but the long-term benefit is a better smile that makes you look great.
Truth is about 70% of US teenagers need braces so, if you look around your class, probably about two out of three of your friends have braces or will have them soon.
Just take a look in the mirror and decide if you like your smile.
Whatever you think now, your orthodontist will make your smile even better.
Think about how much that will boost your social life.
However, it’s not just about your smile, there are many health benefits of braces:
– You will be able to chew your food better: When teeth are not straight, you can’t chew your food correctly. This can cause an upset stomach.
– You will avoid dental problems: If you do not get orthodontic treatment when you need it, your teeth will be hard to clean and your gums will hurt.
– You may avoid developing a breathing problem: The roof of your mouth can sometimes partially block the air passages in your nose. This causes you to snore loudly and may contribute to a condition called “sleep apnea”.
Therefore braces can make a big difference to your life both now and in the future.
Though many people still picture a “mouthful of metal” when they think of braces, there are now many more options available.
Dental braces work by applying pressure to the teeth so that they move gradually into a new position.
The pressure usually comes from a metal wire attached to tiny brackets placed on each tooth.
These brackets are what used to create the “metal mouth”.
However modern brackets are much smaller and are glued on the front of each tooth.
Added pressure is applied to the teeth using rubber bands called ligatures.
They can be made to look more attractive using different colors or gimmicks.
In addition to the much-improved traditional braces, there are now many more options:
– Mini Braces: Smaller than traditional braces
– Clear Braces: Porcelain braces with tooth-colored brackets
– Lingual Braces: Placed behind the teeth to be less noticeable
– Removable Braces: Similar to mouthguards and made of clear plastic
Whichever types of braces you choose, they all work in the same way and help you have straighter teeth which leads to better dental health and a great smile.
Braces are orthodontic appliances that can help straighten out crooked and crowded teeth.
As well as making you look better, they can help improve your dental health.
Many people have been put off wearing them because of how they look but modern braces can be very inconspicuous.
One way of making them inconspicuous is by having the brackets – the part that attaches to each tooth – fixed to the back of the tooth.
The brackets can be also be made in many different materials such as metal, ceramic or plastic so they can be more attractive or less visible.
They can also be designed to appear less noticeable – say be being clear or tooth-colored.
You can also choose to have them in virtually any color. You can even have them gold-plated or glowing in the dark.
Some people like to have their braces shaped in as something distinctive such as a heart or a football.
It would be easy to get overwhelmed by the huge range of dental care products now available.
Even looking just at toothbrushes present a wide range of choices.
There are hundreds of manual and powered toothbrushes to choose from.
Start by looking for products that carry the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance – this is an important symbol of a the product’s safety and effectiveness.
When you buy a toothbrush, replace it every three to four months. Replace it sooner if the bristles become frayed as a worn toothbrush will not clean your teeth properly.
Make it easy for your children to brush their teeth by choosing a child-sized toothbrush and make it more interesting for them by selecting fun colors and designs.
Often people who have difficulties with hand, arm or shoulder movements find that powered toothbrushes are the best choice. However, it’s also possible to make a few small changes to modify a manual toothbrush and make it easier to use.
For example, you can:
– Enlarge the handle with a sponge, rubber ball, or bicycle handle grip
– Lengthen the handle with a piece of wood or plastic
– Bend the handle slightly while running it under hot water
Your dentist will give you tips on what toothbrushes would be right for your needs.