Poor teeth not only make your face less attractive, but also save oral health problems. Install braces or braces is one solution for you. Following are the step-by-step steps in the braces installation process.
Procedure for installing braces or braces
1. Consultation to a dentist
Before you put braces, you must first consult a dentist. The dentist will perform a physical exam and ask you to take an X-ray to see the condition of your teeth. From the results of the examination, the dentist will assess whether you need braces or not.
The dentist will discuss with you the right treatment options and an estimate of how long the therapy will take. After that, make an appointment for the next appointment for braces.
2. The procedure for fixing braces
Before you attach the braces, the surface of your teeth will be cleaned, smoothed and dried so that they adhere properly. A glue gun will then be applied to the surface of your teeth. After that the braces will be prepared.
In braces there are brackets that function as ‘anchors’ for braces. The brackets will also be attached with glue, then affixed to your teeth in the designated places. The excess glue will be removed. The glue will be exposed to a high-strength light so that the glue becomes hard so that the braces don’t come off easily.
This process takes approximately 20-30 minutes depending on the severity of your teeth condition.
3. What you feel during the stirring process
After braces, you will feel uncomfortable because the braces pulling your teeth will cause pain especially 4-6 hours after the procedure. The pain will last for 3-5 days and after that it will begin to lessen. The doctor will provide pain relievers to reduce pain.
You are also advised to eat soft foods so as not to cause excessive pain.
4. Routine control
Routine control to the dentist needs to be done for those of you who install braces. Over time, braces can become loose, leaving them with insufficient force to reposition your teeth.
It is recommended that you regular control to see the progress of your teeth as well as to tighten your braces every 3-10 weeks depending on the type of braces you use. Modern braces have better durability and therefore do not require frequent routine control.
5. Removal of braces and care after removal
After the dentist confirms that the therapy has been completed, the braces will be removed. Slowly the hard glue will be broken down carefully. The remaining glue that is still on the tooth surface will be carefully cleaned.
After removing the braces, you are required to use a device known as a retainer. This tool is used in the mouth to prevent your teeth from returning to their original position. The retainer must be used for 6 months without being removed, after 6 months you can use the retainer at night only while sleeping.
Best time to install braces
According to Dr. Thomas J. Salinas, DDS, quoted from Mayo ClinicUsually, braces can be placed on a child when all the milk teeth are gone. You can start consulting a dentist when your child is seven years old for an evaluation of brace use.
However, this consultation does not mean that the child will be directly paired with braces. This is done to determine the problem that causes tooth decay so that the doctor can determine what type of treatment is most appropriate and effective.
In general, permanent teeth will fully grow at the age of 8 to 14 years. This is when the stirrup installation can be done.
Dr. Thomas added that the best time to install braces depends on the severity and cause of tooth decay. In other words, there really isn’t a definite time or age regarding when to install braces. Some children even start using stirrups at the age of six.
Can adults also use braces?
Adults can attach and perform maintenance using braces for a variety of reasons. Ranging from medical conditions to cosmetics.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists quoted from Health.harvard.edu, one in five people who install stirrup is over 18 years old.
However, if you intend to install braces, there are a few things to consider:
- Adult teeth will no longer grow, so some changes in tooth structure cannot be achieved without surgery.
- The process of fixing or treating using braces can take longer than in children. Although the process of cleaning is different for each person, the average adult takes two years.
- If using braces is accompanied by other dental treatments, you need to see the dentist more often so that side effects do not occur, for example, such as gum disease.
Important things to know before installing the stirrup
Braces can cause discomfort at the beginning of installation. However, dental braces can help you deal with various oral and dental problems. Well, here are the things you should know before installing braces.
1. The average person wears braces for two years
Generally people wear braces for two years. However, the duration of using stirrup for each person can be different. This depends on the condition of each of your teeth.
There are options for faster dental therapy methods. However, usually this option is not recommended unless your teeth are really healthy and strong. In addition, this therapy is usually more painful than traditional braces therapy.
The reason is, this method of therapy involves a small operation on your jaw. So, even though the treatment lasts only about six months, the healing process is even more uncomfortable.
2. Try not to change dentists
The long duration of use of the stirrup puts you at risk of changing dentists. Therefore, before installing braces, you should first consider whether you can routinely go to the same dentist for a long period of time.
After the old contract is terminated, you will have to make a new contract with the next dentist. Again, most dentists are happy to continue with the treatment you had with the dentist before.
However, there are also dentists who require you to start therapy again from scratch even though you have installed braces before. This of course will cost more, which is not cheap.
3. Transparent plastic braces are not necessarily good for you
Many patients, especially children and teenagers, want transparent or “invisible” plastic braces. There is indeed a special plastic stirrup that is not so visible when installed. However, not all patients are advised to use these plastic stirrups.
It would be better if you follow the advice of the dentist rather than forcing to use transparent plastic braces. If forced, the result may not be optimal. You also have to go back to the type of braces that suit your dental needs.
4. Pain after installing braces is natural
The pain when installing braces may haunt your mind. However, you will definitely feel uncomfortable with your new braces. The process of bracing itself can be painful and uncomfortable due to the pressure from the braces to repair or straighten your teeth.
However, don’t worry. The dentist will provide pain relievers to help you reduce the pain. This discomfort should go away within a few weeks. You will begin to feel comfortable with your braces afterward.