Dental braces (also known as orthodontic braces, or simply braces) is a device used in orthodontics to align teeth and their position with regard to a person’s bite. They are often used to correct malocclusions such as underbites, overbites, cross bite and open bites, deep bites, or crooked teeth and various other flaws of teeth and jaws, whether cosmetic or structural. Orthodontic braces are often used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances to widen the palate or jaws or otherwise shape the teeth and jaws. Dr. Jaleel will attach brackets (or bands) to each tooth with glue. Arch wires are fitted into all the brackets and are usually held in place with rubber or wire ties. It is common to feel some discomforts so at the beginning, soft foods are recommended.
Why get braces?
A bad bite can cause problems, such as:
1) making it hard to chew some foods
2) may cause some teeth to wear down.
3) cause muscle tension and pain.
4) teeth that stick out are more easily chipped or broken.
5) crowded and crooked teeth are harder to clean and may be more likely to get cavities and gum disease.
How long will I have to keep my braces?
To correct a bad bite will take time, and how long it takes depends on various factors including your age and the severity of the bad bite. In additions, visits are required regularly to adjust the braces. On average, a period of two years is required to fix a bad bite.