Some of you may have worn braces on your teeth as kids, and as much as you were ‘forced’ to wear them by your parents, you would have hated them with a vengeance. You may have even been ridiculed and bullied at school for the specific reason of wearing braces. But if you knew and understood why you had to wear them, you wouldn’t have hated them so.
Nobody likes wearing braces which may seem like a contraption made of wires to lock your teeth into place, but they serve a purpose. Do you think you would have that beautiful, captivating smile now, if you hadn’t worn braces as a kid? If not, you’d still be having protruding teeth with unsightly gaps between them. Now that you know why your mama may have forced you to go to the dentist and get braces, you wouldn’t hate them so and might even think back kindly on your braces.
The need for braces
Braces are usually recommended by a dentist to improve a person’s orofacial (relating to the mouth and face) appearance. Problems such as protruding, crooked or crowded teeth, overbites and underbites, incorrect jaw position and disorders of the jaw joints can be corrected by wearing braces which is a form of orthodontic treatment.
Apart from marring one’s appearance, such dental problems, if untreated, could lead to tooth decay, gum disease, headaches and earaches, as well as speaking, biting or chewing problems.
What age is best?
Although there is no bar to anyone wearing braces at any age, it’s better to go for them at a younger age when the head and mouth are still growing and teeth are more accessible to straightening. Dentists recommend between 10 and 14 years as the best age to go for braces. However, parents should discuss this issue with their children before going ahead as even slight changes in their facial appearance could prove to be a sensitive and traumatic experience for children at this age.
Another disadvantage when you go for braces when older is that you would have to wear them for longer. Generally, they have to be worn for a period between one and two years, depending on the treatment plan as well as the complexity of the problem. Afterwards, a retainer will have to be worn to set and align tissues surrounding the now straightened teeth.
As the braces have to be tightened during each visit to the dentist, some may feel slight pain and discomfort, another reason for the unpopularity of braces. However, this is a very brief pain and will disappear in no time.
Regular cleaning of the teeth is even more important while wearing braces as particles of food can get trapped between the wires and teeth. If not cleaned, they can rot and cause staining, gum disease and many other complications. However, care has to be taken when brushing and flossing teeth in order not to upset the braces.
So, you may have thought that braces looked ugly and made you the butt-end of jokes and ridicule among your classmates, but imagine what you would have looked like now, if you hadn’t worn them then. You would still be afraid to smile with anyone.
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