Pros and cons of braces
When most people think of braces, the first thing that likely comes to mind is a mouth full of metal brackets and wires tightly adhered to the teeth. While you can still get metal brackets glued to your teeth and tied together with wires and tiny rubber bands, the days of heavy-duty braces and headgear are long gone. Today’s traditional braces are far less invasive or obvious.
Advancements in dentistry and orthodontics have resulted in many new types of braces for kids and adults. When it comes to modern orthodontics, you have a wide variety of options. There are even smaller versions that incorporate heat-activated arch wires that use the body’s heat to expedite results and reduce pain.
Braces are designed to straighten the teeth and correct a variety dental problems including overbites and underbites. While braces tend to be very effective, there are pros and cons to consider before making the investment in this treatment.
Braces are the most cost effective option when it comes to teeth straightening. In addition, not only can you get colored bands and bracket, you can also get them to more closely match the color or your teeth so that they are less noticeable. Today’s aesthetic options make braces more desirable and comfortable for those that need them.
The use of braces also reduces the chance of losing teeth as a result of misaligned bites. Moreover, crooked teeth can contribute to gum disease and studies show that there are correlations between poor oral hygiene from misaligned teeth and systemic diseases, including heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes. Plus, a beautiful smile can help to enhance both self-esteem and self-confidence.
As with any medical treatment, there is also a downside to using braces. Tops on this list are pain and discomfort. This is especially true when they are first put on and each time they are tightened. In addition, the metal edges can rub against your teeth and gums. However, there are painkillers and waxes available to ease this discomfort.
Moreover, dental hygiene becomes more difficult, as well. It is more difficult to brush and floss and keep teeth clean. Therefore, it may be in your best interest to have your regular dentist do an additional cleaning each year while you receive treatment. Also, be aware that hard and sticky foods are off limits while the braces are in place. This includes apples and popcorn, as well as ice cubes and pizza crusts. Also be aware that nail biting and chewing on pens and pencils can cause problems with your braces.
Before you undergo any treatment, it is best to meet with a professional and discuss your options. Today, many people qualify for and choose to use Invisalign as an alternative to traditional braces. In addition, it is also important that you discuss your options with your dental insurance company so that you know how much treatment will cost you. Most orthodontists offer payment options and/or financing to help with the expense.