Wearing dental braces is not an immediate response to a malocclusion. However, in most cases the patient can begin to notice subtle changes in as little as a month or two.
An over bite, under bite, or cross bite respond well to braces; ceramic braces provide the identical ability to shift teeth as their metal counterparts. But the main difference is that these braces are made from a tooth colored material making them much less noticeable. Ceramic braces are more popular with folks wishing to straighten their teeth in a less obtrusive fashion.
Preparation and duration of wear are very similar to any other style of dental braces. The patient will have a consultation with an orthodontist where a detailed treatment plan will be prepared. This outline will contain topics such as overall financial investment, length of time required to complete treatment, and exactly what will be required (such as tooth extraction).
At the onset of treatment, the patient will have photos, x-rays, and dental impressions taken. With ceramic braces these are a diagnostic tool that allows the orthodontist to make the ideal decisions with regard to treatment. If any teeth are to be extracted, this will be completed before braces are placed.
Once ceramic braces are in place, there are certain precautions that should be taken. The materials used with ceramic braces (ligatures) are more easily stained than with metal braces; the patient needs to be meticulous about daily oral care because if stain does occur, braces become much more noticeable. Your orthodontist will caution the wearer as to which foods and beverages have the most staining capability so they can either be avoided or limited. Smoking and tobacco use can also stain.
Wearing dental braces is ideal for much more than just aesthetics. Crooked teeth can provide areas where brushing and flossing are inadequate to limit plaque build-up. These areas become targets for dental decay and gum disease.
Once teeth are straightened, the final step is a critical one … wearing the retainer. The retainer is designed to hold teeth in place until they have sufficient time to “memorize” their new corrected position. If not worn as prescribed, teeth may begin to shift back to their original location.
Whether wearing braces is required for months or years, the final outcome will last a lifetime. To learn more about your orthodontic treatment options, contact Bunn Orthodontic Group at 210-921-9191 to schedule your informative consultation.