Dental Braces | Nottingham Dental

Braces are appliances you wear on your teeth to straighten them and deal with issues like misalignment or malocclusion. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of braces at Nottingham Dental.

Braces

Braces are one of the most common orthodontic procedures out there. In fact, braces are pretty much a rite of passage for a lot of young people. The ideal position for your permanent teeth is to have both your upper and lower arches meet perfectly in the middle. But, in a lot of situations, the upper teeth may protrude forwards, or the lower teeth may protrude, or you may have crooked teeth or a number of other issues with misalignment.

Misaligned teeth can cause a number of other issues. While the situation may not seem like an urgency, misaligned teeth can eventually lead to poor bite, TMD, bruxism, migraines, chipped or fractured teeth, and various other issues. To avoid these issues down the line, it’s ideal to get braces and align your teeth perfectly. It’s ideal to get braces soon after the permanent teeth have come out — in one’s teenage years — because that’s when your teeth are most malleable. However, you can also get adult braces later in life. Furthermore, there are also a lot of options for the type of braces you get. You should also know that orthodontic procedures can take a long time — even as much as 3 years — so you have to be patient.

The successful application of orthodontic procedures and braces also depends on the willing compliance of the patient. You have to wear elastic bands or aligners consistently and meet all of your dental appointments without failure. That’s the only way you can make sure that your teeth will be perfectly aligned in time. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of braces at Nottingham Dental.

What are Braces?

When we talk about braces, we generally talk about traditional metal braces. These are metallic brackets and wires that you have to wear on your teeth to apply pressure on your teeth and move them in the desired direction. The dentist attaches some archwires to the back of your teeth with the metallic brackets on your teeth. Over time, the dentist continues tightening these brackets so they continue applying pressure on your teeth to move them along and straighten your teeth.

While metal braces are the most common and cost-effective braces, there are other types of braces as well.

  • Ceramic Braces: These are tooth-colored ceramic brackets that blend with the rest of your teeth so they’re not as visible.
  • Lingual Braces: These are metal braces and brackets attached at the back of the teeth instead of the front. As such, they’re not as visible but they’re more uncomfortable.
  • Clear Braces: These are invisible thermoplastic aligners that don’t have any wires or brackets. They simply apply pressure to your teeth and have to be replaced every 2 weeks with a different pair. They’re completely invisible and highly effective.

When do you Need Adult Braces?

You may need adult braces in various situations. In fact, it’s hard to list out all of the different situations that necessitate the use of braces, but the following is a brief list of the situations in which you should consider getting braces.

The following are some situations in which you may need invisible aligners:

  • Protruding Front Teeth

    A condition in which your front teeth protrude further out than the rest, sort of like buck teeth.

  • Overcrowded Teeth

    This is a condition in which your jaw is narrow so your teeth are crooked and overcrowded. The dentist may have to remove some of your teeth to straighten them.

  • Overbite

    This is an issue in which your upper arch hoods over the lower arch.

  • Underbite

    This is an issue in which your lower arch rises over your upper arch.

What are the Advantages of Teeth Alignment Treatment?

Humans are drawn to symmetry, which is why people prefer smiles that are perfectly even, uniform, aligned, and symmetrical. However, while cosmetic appearance may be your primary driving goal for teeth alignment, it also comes with several medical benefits. In a healthy set of teeth, your upper and lower arches should meet perfectly in the middle. However, in some cases, your teeth are misaligned — this is known as malocclusion. If your teeth aren’t perfectly aligned, you may suffer from speech impediments and you may also have trouble eating.

Malocclusion can affect your mental and physical health. If your teeth are misaligned and uneven, you feel self-conscious about your smile, which eventually affects your mental health. Malocclusion also affects your physical health. Uneven teeth also lead to uneven distribution of biting force, which means some of your teeth will sustain greater damage than others, which can lead to issues like chipped teeth and fractured teeth down the line. Uneven teeth can also lead to teeth grinding and TMD, in which cases your teeth sustain considerable damage and your enamel may also gradually wear off, which leads to tooth sensitivity. Teeth alignment helps remedy all of these issues. 

Schedule an Appointment for Braces

In addition to the aforementioned reasons, you also need adult braces for several other misalignment issues. At Nottingham Dental, our expert orthodontists determine exactly which type of treatment you need to straighten and align your teeth perfectly. If you’re not happy with your smile, schedule an appointment to get adult braces today.