By Dr. Nour Zoarob
Not all of us are born with a beautiful smile, but with a good oral hygiene routine, and a little help from orthodontics, you can have a beautiful and healthy smile.
Braces and orthodontic treatment are used to correct bad bites or Malocclusion (teeth that are crowded or crooked). In some cases, your teeth may be straight but your upper and lower jaws may not meet properly.
In many cases, these jaw and tooth alignment problems may be inherited or result from injury, early or late tooth loss, or sometimes thumb sucking may lead to this problem.
If you have an abnormal bite, your dentist may recommend braces or another orthodontic treatment to straighten out your smile. And of course, correcting the problem can create a nice-looking smile, but more importantly, orthodontic treatment results in a healthier mouth.
Straightening your teeth can be accomplished in different ways. The kind of orthodontic treatment you have will depend on your preference and the options provided by your dentist or orthodontist.
There are many different types of orthodontic treatments, such as:
1. Traditional braces realign teeth by applying pressure. They usually consist of small brackets cemented to your teeth, connected by a wire, which is periodically tightened. The brackets may be metal or tooth-colored. Sometimes they are placed behind your teeth under the direct supervision of the dentist or orthodontist.
2. Removable aligners are another option for treating orthodontic problems.
Small tips for the people who have braces on their mouths:
Of course, a healthy diet is always important, but eating too many sugary foods with braces can lead to plaque build-up around your brackets that could permanently stain or damage your teeth.
Avoiding foods like popcorn, corn on the cob, chewing gum, whole apples, and other sticky foods is also a good idea. Ask your dentist about foods to avoid while you are in treatment.
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