Why do I need braces?
There are a number of reasons why your dentist may have recommended braces. Here are some common conditions where braces are used for treatment:
- Gaps between the teeth due to abnormal growth in the jaw bone
- Overbites where the upper teeth bite too far forward over the lower teeth
- Underbites where the lower teeth bite too far forward over the upper teeth
- Open bites where the front teeth fail to make contact, even when the back teeth are biting together
- Crowded or overlapping teeth where there is simply a lack of room in the jaw
- Crossbites where the upper or lower jaws are out of alignment, causing some of the upper teeth to bite inside the lower teeth.
Many patients choose Invisalign over traditional braces — however, Invisalign might not be the best treatment option if your case is quite severe. If this is the case, your dentist will recommend traditional braces for the best possible outcome of your treatment.
How are braces put on?
The process of putting braces on your teeth is actually very simple. If your teeth are very close together, your dentist will invite you to come in a week before the procedure to place spacers (rubber bands) between your teeth to ensure there’s enough space for the bands to fit around the back of your teeth.
On the day of the procedure, your dentist will thoroughly clean and dry your teeth before putting on the braces. The next step is to glue the metal brackets onto the front surface of your teeth — this is what holds the wires in place on your teeth.
To anchor the braces, your dentist will then place metal bands around your back molars and then attach the archwires using little rubber bands around each bracket. This is the fun part — you get to choose what colours you’d like around the brackets!
Your dentist will finally trim the archwires so they don’t cut the inside of your mouth.