If you or your child has crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, you may be interested in finding out more about orthodontic treatment.
At Coomera Smiles, we offer braces, which are a highly effective straightening treatment. But do you know how braces actually work? Find out how this tried and tested process helps to resolve alignment issues, and if you are suited to the treatment …
How do they actually work?
Braces essentially work by applying pressure to the teeth, which gradually forces them to move into new positions over time. As the teeth move in a specific direction, the jaw bone also changes in shape, improving both the appearance and function of the teeth.
Braces are made up of a number of different components, each of which has their own function. Brackets are the component that is attached to the surface of the teeth. They can be made from various materials, including stainless steel, plastic, or tooth-coloured ceramic. Orthodontic bands are also attached to the teeth, and function as an anchor for the brackets, while arch wires are attached to the brackets and work by guiding the movement of the teeth. These wires are attached to the brackets with very small elastic bands.
How long does it take for braces to work?
The duration of your orthodontic treatment will depend on the specific issue you are having treated. Every patient is different, and Dr Kashyap will go through the specifics of your particular treatment when you come in for a consultation. Generally, orthodontic treatment with the use of braces takes anywhere between 1 and 3 years. It’s important to note, however, that, in most cases, patients are required to wear a retainer following the removal of their braces. This will help to keep the teeth in position once the braces have been taken off.
Do braces hurt?
During your treatment, you will need to come in and see Dr Kashyap around once a month. At this time, he will check that your braces are working as they should and that there is enough pressure being exerted on your teeth. In order to create more pressure on the teeth, the wires, springs and bands of your braces may be adjusted at your regular appointments to ensure optimal results.
Sometimes, when your braces are adjusted and additional tension and pressure are placed on your teeth, you may feel some discomfort and pain. If you do experience a lot of pain, it is important that you let Dr Kashyap know so that he can recommend some appropriate over-the-counter pain medication if necessary. He may also be able to make the adjustments to your braces slightly differently in order to reduce your discomfort.
What can I expect at my initial consultation?
If you are interested in having braces placed, we recommend that you come in for a consultation so that Dr Kashyap can determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate for the treatment. At your appointment, Dr Kashyap will sit down with you and go through all of the various costs you can expect as part of the process, as well as the time frames and treatment options that are available. This is also a good time to raise any questions or concerns you might have and to discuss your specific goals and expectations. Orthodontic treatment is often considered to be a long and challenging process, but at Coomera Smiles, we do our best to keep you comfortable and informed throughout your time with us. We want you to have a stress-free experience, and we always strive to provide the best possible treatment for each of our patients.
If you are interested in undergoing orthodontic treatment to straighten and align crooked teeth, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Dr Nauv Kashyap is a general dentist who has undertaken extra studies to be able to perform orthodontic treatment. As such, our patients can be treated at our Coomera Smiles practice, which services the Coomera region, including Upper Coomera, Oxenford, Helensvale, Pimpama and other areas of the Gold Coast. This helps to eliminate costly specialist fees and ensures that comprehensive treatment can be provided very conveniently in one place.
To make an appointment, please call us directly on 07 5665 9999 or email us at email@example.com