If you don’t have the straightest teeth that you would like then you should know that there are lots of treatment options available to you which just about any dentist will be able to help you with. One such methods which many dental professionals will use and have used for a very long time are dental braces which can be used on both children and adults to straighten teeth. To understand the pros and the cons of this kind of treatment we spoke to super dentist Kami Hoss to give us more information.
In case you aren’t aware, dental braces are fixed metal brackets which are placed on to each tooth that needs to be moved or manipulated. Once these brackets are fitted to the right angles, the dentist will place a small piece of wire between each bracket and then tighten them up. The effect of this will be that the teeth gradually begin to change shape and form because of the tension of the wire.
Let’s have a look at some of the great benefits of using dental braces.
- All Ages – Many think that braces can only be used on children who’s teeth are still growing and forming but this is actually a treatment which can be used on patients of all ages.
- Affordable – In contrast to other options which promise to give you a better set of teeth such as Invisalign or even dental veneers, braces are a very low cost treatment option.
- Success – The success rate for people who use braces is extremely high and this is why after such a long time of using them, dentists continue to utilize this form of treatment.
This may be a great and highly effective treatment but there are some drawbacks.
- Unsightly – The biggest complaint which people tend to have about braces is that they look unsightly and many people do not want to smile with a large piece of metal in their mouth, despite the fact that it will help in the long run.
- Pain – As with any type of treatment such as this you may feel some pain as the teeth begin to move with the braces. You can easily take a drug to kill the pain however but there is no way to completely avoid it.
- Movement – Depending on how much your teeth need to move you may find that the dentist will need to remove the existing brackets and replace them for new ones which will push your teeth in different directions. This is not always the case but some people experience the brackets having to be replaced on more than one occasion.
The choice as to whether or not you decide on braces is of course up to you and at least now you know what the most common pros and cons are.