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Very little. The first few days of orthodontics and in appointments where new adjustments are made, the patients may experience some pain, but the pain disappears on its own. The pain from orthodontics is very insignificant compared to the pain from tooth extraction, root canal, etc. In case of any pain, the patient can also use mild painkillers the first few days.
If oral hygiene is maintained regularly during the orthodontic treatment according to the orthodontist’s advice and given instructions, there won’t be any tooth decay. As patients may know, since the backside of the braces and rubber bands are suitable places for microbial growth, maintaining oral hygiene during orthodontics is of significant importance, so it is essential to clean the teeth with toothbrush and dental floss, as you were taught, after each meal. Though, it is possible the teeth seem duller during fixed orthodontics. That’s because the orthodontic braces and wires on the teeth prevent the toothbrush being brushed on their surface. However, this will be resolved by polishing when treatment is completed.
Orthodontics can also be done in adulthood and at an older age. At an older age, orthodontics is mostly done to correct misaligned teeth and dental irregularities and to have a more beautiful smile. In fact, orthodontics is possible as long as gums are healthy and there are teeth. To be assured of the health of the gums, brush a soft toothbrush on them. If there was bleeding, the gums should be treated first and then proceed with orthodontics.
One of the advertisements lately seen in social media and other places is straightening the teeth without orthodontics, referred to as one-day orthodontics, orthodontics with laser, fast orthodontics, etc. In these methods, in fact, there is no movement of the teeth and just the extruded and crooked parts are pared down along with the enamel. The recessed parts are filled with laminate and composite. As patients may already know, although these methods are cheaper and faster than orthodontics, they won’t have the durability and permanent effectiveness of orthodontics. In these methods, the teeth will decay in the pared areas and after a while the composites will change color and need further repair. Therefore, it is advised to be patient and with the increased awareness and understanding of the importance of healthy teeth, don’t make a mistake in choosing the wrong options with irreparable consequences
The type of abnormality, patient’s age, the kind of problem, etc. are all the issues involved in choosing an orthodontic approach. Therefore, no specific method can be used just because of the patient’s wish and insistence. Removable braces are usually used at earlier ages (12 to 14) and are mostly used to fix the jaw. Therefore, because the jaw won’t grow anymore after this age,, removable braces won’t have any significant effect. At an older age, fixed braces are used and surgery should be considered to fix the jaws.
Anonymous :
Hi. I’m 20 years old. I had nice teeth without any gaps in-between till 2 years ago. But ever since then, over time a gap has appeared between two of my upper front teeth, and now the gap is about 2 millimeters wide. In your opinion, what’s the problem and how can it be fixed? My teeth didn’t have any gaps before and I have not extracted any of my teeth and I don’t know what to do now. There is no periodontics specialist in my town. Do you think I need orthodontics? If so, how long will it take?
Dr. Hadi Darvishpour :
Greetings. Please send me x-rays of your teeth, so I can better help you. If you have any radiology images or an OPG, please send them too.
Anonymous :
Hi. My lower jaw has been developed less than my upper jaw, making my upper teeth look protruded. Can this issue be solved with surgery? Is there going to be any complications?
Dr. Hadi Darvishpour :
Please visit the clinic for a free consultation and a more thorough examination of your teeth, so I can see the abnormalities of your jaws and teeth in person and help you better. Your problem will be solved with orthodontics along with jaw surgery. And if your orthodontist and your maxillofacial surgeon are experienced, there is no need to worry. You can visit an orthodontist and a maxillofacial surgeon for a more precise advice.
Nowadays, orthodontics is not just for children. As long as the gums are healthy, orthodontics is also possible for adults. However, in general, the best age to get orthodontics is when all the milk teeth fall out and replaced with permanent teeth. Also, the jaws have not completely grow and can be helpful during orthodontics. This will be usually between the ages of 12 and 25.
The length of treatment with orthodontics depends on the intensity of the dental and jaw abnormalities, patient’s age, the type of orthodontics, patient’s cooperation and the need to extract teeth. However, in average, 15 to 24 months is required for fixed braces. The length of treatment with removable braces is usually shorter than fixed braces.
Yes, there are tooth colored braces and wires available. For more information on orthodontics methods that are not noticeable or are less noticeable, please refer to the following articles: Invisalign Braces Damon Braces Lingual Orthodontics