Conventional braces are the most common method of orthodontic treatment for children and younger teens, and even to some adults. This type of dental brace is comprised of wires and brackets and is often suitable for patients who need extensive realignment.
The most common types of conventional braces are metal and porcelain. Generally, metal braces are the most economical option. On the other hand, your Glen Waverley dentist will evaluate and advise you whether conventional braces are needed for your treatment, and which type of dental braces suits your needs and lifestyle.
Types of Conventional Braces
This type of conventional brace uses stainless steel brackets and gives you a “train track” look. Nowadays, these brackets are made much smaller, which makes them less noticeable compared to the metal braces in the past. With the technology in modern dentistry, metal braces are more comfortable to wear than before. Metal braces also come in various colours, which is why they are ideal for children and teens.
Because they have tooth-coloured brackets, porcelain braces blend in with the shade of your teeth. Some adults are more confident in wearing porcelain braces because it’s a more aesthetically pleasing option than metal ones.
How Conventional Braces Work
The archwire places constant yet gentle pressure on the brackets attached to the teeth. This force condenses and stretches the periodontal ligament (the fleshy tissue between the tooth and tooth socket that holds the teeth in place) and loosens specific teeth, which makes them easier to move. Conventional braces can take anywhere from 12 to 24 months to see results, depending on the orthodontic requirement of the patient.
The Treatment Procedure
During the first visit, small plastic bands called separators will be placed in between your molar teeth. They will stay in place for one week. Separators will create a space between the teeth intended for the permanent molar bands.
At the next appointment, the molar band, wires and brackets are put in place.
Every 6 to 8 weeks, you are required to see your Glen Waverley dentist to have the wires and bands changed or add elastics.
You need to attend your six-month check-ups, as your dentist will make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy throughout the treatment course.
After the Treatment
Your braces are removed and the teeth are cleaned to remove any remaining cement. The teeth need to be held in position while the gum tissue and bone settle. This process is called retention. At this stage, you will need to wear retainers, an appliance that holds the teeth and can be either fixed or removable.
Impressions may be taken depending on the type of retainers and they will be made at the dental laboratory. After a week, you will return to the dental office to get your retainers.
Braces in Glen Waverley
If you or your child face misalignment issues and need straighter teeth, consult us here at EK Dental Surgery in Glen Waverley. We will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your case and recommend the best orthodontic treatment solution.
In addition, your dentist at Glen Waverley will properly guide you as you undergo the treatment by providing aftercare guidelines following the procedure so you can keep your teeth and gums healthy while you have braces.
Braces in Glen Waverley
We are located at 230 Springvale Road in Glen Waverley.