Having a dental misalignment can negatively affect your oral health by limiting your ability to clean your teeth thoroughly through regular brushing and flossing, especially when crowding is involved. When there is too little space in the mouth to accommodate the number and size of the teeth that are present, the teeth may align in a crowded manner. In some instances, the space in the mouth may be so restrictive that the teeth are arranged in a double row in some areas of the palate.
Misalignment can also prevent proper mastication. The teeth on the sides of the upper palate may not properly meet their counterparts on the bottom palate. As a result, the teeth may not grind food effectively.
Still, for many people, one of the most concerning issues caused by misaligned teeth is the negative impact on a person's appearance. Crooked teeth can mar the look of your smile.
Nevertheless, adults can enjoy straighter teeth by having their misalignment corrected using orthodontic appliances, such as braces. Here is a bit of information about braces so that you know what to expect from your treatment with them.
What Are Braces?
Braces are orthodontic appliances that apply repositioning pressure to the teeth. The braces include brackets, which are applied to the teeth individually. Additionally, the braces include an archwire, which is attached to the brackets by elastic ligatures.
The pressure that is applied by the braces originates with the archwire. The wire applies pressure to the brackets, which, in turn, apply the force to the teeth. Thus, throughout your treatment, your dental provider will periodically adjust your archwire.
How Long Does Treatment With Braces Last?
Treatment with braces can last several years. Nevertheless, the length of your treatment with braces will vary based on the degree and type of your dental misalignment. Severe dental misalignments may require a lengthier term of treatment.
Is the New Alignment From the Braces Permanent?
Even though the teeth have been repositioned into a straighter alignment, they may return to their prior positions without the use of a retainer. Immediately after your treatment with braces is complete, the retainer may have to be worn frequently. However, over time, as the teeth become accustomed to their new alignment, the regular use of the retainer may be more limited.
Do You Have to Choose Conventional Metal Braces for Good Results?
Traditional metal braces can yield great results, but so can ceramic or clear braces. Additionally, lingual braces that are placed on the surface of the teeth that lies closest to the tongue also effectively align the teeth.
For more information about braces, schedule a consultation at a clinic like Moricz Orthodontics in your area.