Are Braces Right For You?

Approaching Braces

Acquiring braces can be a nerve-racking experience for many people. This is completely normal as it can be considered as big of a life decision as buying your first car. With that said, it is a rather simple procedure that begins by your first visit at the orthodontist. Braces also allows you to enjoy your life to the fullest with a great smile that you have been dreaming of!

Your First Visit

Not only do braces help improve a person’s appearance, but in addition to that, they correct a wide variety of dental issues that may be caused by having crooked teeth or an under/overbite. Once you have decided to get braces, you have accomplished your first step to a straight smile! When you come in your for your first visit, you will begin by filling in paperwork. A good idea would be to come in roughly ten minutes before your appointment, so you can finish the papers beforehand. Next comes the meeting with Dr. Countryman who will ask you about your medical background and then continues onwards to conduct a detailed oral exam to see what is going on in your mouth. Then finally comes the X-rays so Dr. Countryman can have a better perspective of your mouth and he will begin constructing a dental plan that is fit for your needs so you can achieve your dental goals.

Healthy Braces at a Glance

Braces are available in many diverse shapes, styles, colours and forms. Whenever you come in for a tightening appointment, you can choose a colour for your bands on your braces which allows you to have the freedom of customizing your braces and to make them your own (this applies to people who get metal braces). Maintaining healthy braces can be challenging at first as with anything but practice makes perfect with the correct form. Proper brushing methods is critical for making your smile glow. It also provides you with some flexibility for your flossing afterwards. Flossing with braces can be more difficult when you have metal braces, as you have to get it between your brackets and wires and also food tends to conceal itself behind brackets, so you have to be careful and make sure that you have cleaned between brackets. Another pertinent point on keeping your oral hygiene good is to always go to your tightening appointments (or for invisalign, making sure to pick up a new set). This is crucial for making sure your teeth are constantly getting the proper amount of applied pressure so it is working on aligning your teeth.

The Variation In Braces

Braces have come a long way since they were first invented. Now we have up to three types of braces available in the market. Regular metal braces is the traditional form that is the most popular due to their cheap cost and practicality. They are designed with brackets glued on your teeth with wires going through them from both sides of your mouth. Another form of metal braces is very similar which is a little more expensive. This is called lingual braces and they take the same formation as regular braces but they are placed on the inside of your teeth instead of the outside. They are perfect for those who want to conceal their braces without upgrading to invisalign. Invisalign is the final option to choose from, and it replaces the metal from the other forms for a clear plastic material that is detachable when you put it on. A higher cost comes with invisalign but they provide more freedom for the user to eat whatever they want, allowing them to brush and floss easier due to no wires or brackets, and more.

Braces are a great instrument to utilize to improve your oral hygiene while at the same time aligning your teeth so your smile improves. If you need help on starting with braces at 75209 with great prices, then call West Lovers Dentist at 214-771-8990 or visit the office at 5757 West Lovers Lane!