Installing teeth braces

Preparation

Place dental fillings, take an x-ray of the whole jaw, remove teeth per the orthodontist's instructions, and brush your teeth to adhere the braces to clean enamel before installing braces.


It is possible to have dental fillings placed at any orthodontic clinic, regardless of the location of your orthodontist. Treatment of the teeth can be done even before visiting an orthodontist - and you will have to do this before installing braces. Consider treating with your work health insurance if dental care is covered.


An orthopantomogram, or an image of the jaw, is always necessary. Before you go to the orthodontist, it is convenient to do it in advance. Orthopantomograms are not usually covered by insurance.

Panorama dental scan
Panorama dental scan

Visit an orthodontist armed with the picture. Aim to see at least three specialists in different clinics. Each of the three will likely have a different cost and treatment regimen. Decide what works best for you in terms of price and quantity of teeth to be removed.


In some cases, clinics hold promotions during which the initial consultation is free, but these need to be monitored. You will need to travel to the clinic for at least a year, so choose one that is convenient for you.


The final step of preparation before braces are placed is tooth removal. Crowding usually results in teeth not being properly positioned. The removal of wisdom teeth is one of the most common recommendations of orthodontics.


Costs of tooth extraction vary depending on the complexity and the clinic


Time expenditure The entire preparation phase takes time. The jaw will heal for at least a week following tooth extraction. You cannot expect to go to the orthodontist and leave with braces right away. Most likely, you'll have to wait a month or more. Payment is also spread out over a long period of time.



Getting braces

So you've taken a picture of your teeth, selected an orthodontist, and removed any extra teeth if there was any.

Then, you will have your dental impression taken. Treatment regimens are modeled using it by the doctor. The impression is usually given to the patient as a souvenir at the end of treatment.

You will then be assigned a date for braces placement. During dental repairs, braces make up the majority of time consumption.


Brace types by material

Metal, ceramic, sapphire, and plastic braces are available. The cost of a bracket system varies according to the manufacturer, clinic, and doctor. The concept of "paying for material" does not exist in 2021 - now patients pay for treatment and result.


Orthodontists prefer metal braces mainly because they are most effective at moving teeth. In most cases, they are made from medical steel - an alloy of chromium and nickel, or from an alloy of titanium and nickel. Since metal braces are the most visible, many are embarrassed to wear them. However, they are inexpensive.


Furthermore, the metal bracket can be re-glued indefinitely. You will have to glue a new brace after the first or second time with braces made of other materials.


Not all metal braces are of good quality. Sturdy construction and precision molding are the hallmarks of more expensive brands. A cheap brace is in two parts, so a mistake will occur when they are welded. The arc glides over them worse.


Titanium braces are a special type of metal brace. Pure titanium braces are often used for allergy sufferers who may be sensitive to nickel.

As ceramic braces are the same color as the tooth enamel, they are practically invisible on the teeth. However, they are more difficult to treat than metal ones - they will need to be worn for longer. Moreover, they are more expensive. Another disadvantage is that light ceramic ligatures stain. As a result, wearing ceramic braces means you shouldn't drink red wine, strong black tea, or eat beets.


In general, ceramic braces are chosen for a very minor change - to correct the position of just a few teeth. It is safer to use metal braces for difficult cases.


The sapphire braces are made of artificial crystal, completely transparent and expensive.


One common mistake is placing sapphire braces on the lower jaw. Because enamel is softer than sapphire, if the bracket constantly touches the upper tooth, the enamel can wear off.


Aluminum oxide is used to make ceramic and sapphire braces. As the arc rolls over it, the teeth jerk and it moves slower. Compared to traditional braces, these braces come off a lot more easily, have less adhesion to teeth, and they usually break or come off while eating. They are weaker than metal ones.


Braces made of plastic are usually made of translucent polyurethane. Moreover, they are invisible on the teeth, do not rub the mucous membrane, and are affordable. A con is that it is easy to break and paint. In cases of serious bite problems, plastic braces are not typically used due to the material's fragility. For a simple alignment of the dentition, this will work.

When different types of braces are combined, they are called combined braces. A ceramic upper tooth could be placed and a metal lower tooth, which would be less noticeable.


Sometimes they are combined on one jaw: for example, ceramics are used for the first four teeth and metal for the rest. Metal braces are almost always placed on the chewing teeth, because they withstand the load and are not likely to break.



Types of braces according to their attachment method


Ligature. The arc of the brace is fixed with a ligature - a thin metal wire or silicone rubber. With such a bracket system, it is necessary to see a doctor frequently to monitor the level of exposure - about once or twice a month. As a result, it will almost certainly not be a minus, but a guarantee that the teeth will move correctly. Each arc change takes time to adjust to, as ligatures can chafe the mucous membrane and cause pain, especially metal ones. In order to avoid severe injury, orthodontists advise using special wax.