Over the years, braces have become a rite of passage for teenagers and pre-teens alike. It is common knowledge that wearing braces provides a perfect smile which lasts a lifetime. However, how do braces work? How do they affect your child’s teeth? Find the answers to these little-asked questions and more with help from your Lawrenceville, GA orthodontist, Dr. Tu Nguyen.
The Scoop on Braces
Orthodontic treatment focuses on moving the teeth into their correct positions while improving the mouth’s bite and chewing functionality. Braces are made up of brackets, which fasten to each tooth and hold the wire in place, and the arch wire, which applies pressure to the teeth to move them into their desired positions. Small rubber bands placed around the brackets secure the arch wire in place. These simple parts work together to give you a straight and functional smile.
The Benefits of Braces
The most obvious pro to orthodontic treatment from your Lawrenceville orthodontist is a beautiful smile. However, braces both straighten the teeth and correct structural issues, such as those dealing with the mouth’s bite. It is important to have a functional bite since it directly affects the ability to chew and eat. Overcrowded teeth often create tiny areas which toothbrush bristles or floss simply cannot reach. Straightened teeth mean an easier-to-maintain mouth and less of a chance of tooth decay or gum disease. Repairing bite problems also cuts down on jaw issues like Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder, which causes the jaw to pop and makes chewing painful.
Caring For Your Braces
Braces take up a lot of real estate on the teeth. Caring for a smile with braces can be tricky, especially since complications due to tooth decay or gum disease could extend your treatment time. While wearing braces, it becomes more important than ever to brush after each meal and floss at least once a day. Due to their design, braces require special threader floss to thread between, under and around the brackets and wires. Special dental equipment like water picks help ease this process. Though this may seem tedious, it is absolutely necessary to the health of your teeth during treatment.
For more information on orthodontic treatment, please contact Dr. Tu Nguyen at AT Dental in Lawrenceville, GA. Call (770) 277-0774 to schedule you or your child’s consultation for braces today!
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