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Tips for Braces

With the improvement of people's lives and the enhancement of oral health awareness, more and more people begin to accept orthodontic therapy. In such a wide variety of orthodontic appliances, how to choose the most suitable one has become a problem that troubles everyone. This article will give a brief introduction to several types of appliances that are widely used in the orthodontic field, hoping to be helpful.

Ⅰ. Who needs to wear braces?

Orthodontics, also known as orthodontics in our mouths, has the main goal of aligning teeth and adjusting the bite. So first, the motivation for most people to wear braces is that the teeth are not good-looking. This is the most intuitive point. Whether your teeth are neat and beautiful will directly affect the level of appearance. In addition, dental problems may also affect the shape of the face, especially the profile, such as protruding mouth, anterior crossbite, etc.

If your teeth meet one of the above six conditions, then you should consider orthodontic therapy.

Ⅱ. Types and selections of braces

The most common are fixed bracket appliances, which, as the name suggests, are appliances that patients cannot remove themselves. According to different types of materials, fixed appliances are mainly divided into braces metal brackets and ceramic brackets; according to different ligation methods, they are mainly divided into self ligating brackets and non-self ligating brackets. The price is slightly lower, and the aesthetics are average.

Self ligating brackets are slightly more expensive, but the advantages are also obvious: no ligation, avoiding the stimulation of the end of the ligation wire to the soft tissue; small size, more conducive to maintaining oral hygiene; reduced friction, relatively faster tooth movement, and shortened orthodontic cycle. The other is the lingual appliance installed on the back of the tooth, which is very invisible and expensive.

There is also an increasingly popular invisible brace in recent years, which is an invisible bracketless appliance, which means that the user wears transparent braces that can be removed by themselves for teeth straightening, which is basically invisible from the appearance. This is a three-dimensional imaging of the tooth and jaw model. The doctor designs a plan for three-dimensional image processing on the computer, and uses 3D to print out transparent braces to continuously move the teeth in a small range. The cost is more expensive. The choice of aligners is based on the doctor's plan and recommendations (different aligners will have different indications), personal needs and price affordability.

Ⅲ. The period of wearing braces

It  is usually 1-3 years, but depending on each person's different age, severity, the effect, and other factors, the time required for treatment will also increase or decrease. As long as you cooperate well with the doctor, follow up on time, maintain oral hygiene, and protect the appliance from damage, the efficiency of treatment can be greatly improved!

Ⅳ. The changes in face by orthodontic therapy

The main force supporting people's facial contours is the mandible, cheekbones and soft tissues of lips and cheeks. Orthodontics has relatively little change in frontal face shape. However, orthodontic therapy may be "earth-shaking" for the change in profile! By adjusting the position and arrangement of the teeth, affecting the changes in the shape of the muscles and soft tissues of the adjacent lips and cheeks, the originally convex or concave mouth shape can be improved.

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