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Braces: How They Work ... Different Types ... How to Take Care of Braces

Although more and more people are turning to cosmetic dentistry in this day and age, many of these same men and women literally cringe when they hear the word "braces." With that is mind, you need to understand that there have been some remarkable advances made in regard to braces and cosmetic dentistry that involves the use of braces.

In this brief article you will be provided with an overview of information about cosmetic dentistry and the role braces can play in bettering your own smile.

How Braces Work

Braces are used to straighten a person’s teeth. They actually move the patient’s teeth over a period of time. They use brackets that are attached to each tooth. These brackets are attached to each other by arch wires that are tightened and are what actually adjusts and moves the teeth. The braces apply constant pressure to the teeth, which moves them over time. Sometimes rubber bands or springs are also used to apply extra pressure on the teeth. Braces are also used in bone remodeling. As the braces apply pressure to the teeth, they are moved in the bone. The bone then fills in to take up the space.

Types of Braces

There are several different types of braces other than the traditional metal ones. They also come in various colors. Other types of braces include the Invisalign, clear braces and lingual braces. Invisalign, or clear aligners, are clear, removable mouthpieces that are barely detectable. They are removed to eat, drink, brush and floss. Clear braces are like the metal braces, but they are clear and are nearly invisible. They work the same way as traditional metal braces without the “metal mouth” look. Lingual braces fit on the backside of the teeth. They cannot be seen at all, however, they do take a little longer for the patient to adjust to the feel inside their mouth.

How to Take Care of Your Braces

Patients with braces should do everything that their orthodontist advises them to do in caring for their braces. It is important for the patient to brush and floss often. Food can get caught in the braces and cause serious problems including gum disease. Some orthodontists may even prescribe additional fluoride treatments to strengthen the patient’s teeth even further. It is also vital that the patient refrain from eating foods that will break or pull off the braces. Foods that are sticky, gooey or very crunchy should be avoided.

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