While there are many factors when deciding about braces, the pros and cons of braces should be considered. Braces are dental implants that help straighten crowded teeth and are a hugely popular method of treatment for people looking to feel a whole lot better about their smile. Braces involve a system of wires and brackets which are placed onto a person’s teeth and then left over a period of time to straighten teeth and correct any dental problems.
Dentists are very effective and the number of adults pursuing braces as a form of dental treatment over the last few years has skyrocketed. However, there are plenty of reasons why people decide against braces, so if you’re struggling for an opinion here are some pros and cons that will help to make your views on these dental implants a little more well-informed.
A Reliable Treatment
The first and probably most important pro of all is that braces are generally considered to be a reliable and consistent method of treatment for crowded teeth or other dental problems. Braces are almost always successful when fitted between the ages of 9 and 12 as this is when teeth are still developing. They last for around a year to two years and keep teeth straight for many years once taken out, so in terms of their success rate, there’s certainly no argument to be had.
There’s no denying the fact that having straighter teeth is a huge confidence booster and generally contributes towards a person’s overall attractiveness. With increased media attention, improving camera quality and a somewhat unhealthy affection for limelight models, more and more people feel that they will be judged by the state of their teeth. It’s important to look after your teeth regardless of whether they’re crowded or not but to have the option of having your pearly-whites straightened is often too much of an appealing offer to turn down.
Having straight teeth isn’t just good for your self confidence; it’s also great for oral health in general. Straighter teeth are much easier to clean than crowded teeth as straighter teeth provide easy access to every tooth when brushing. It can be particularly difficult to brush crowded teeth as some of the teeth have been pushed further back, leading to increased amounts of decay. Plaque is able to build up on teeth that don’t get cleaned, leading to increased chances of gum disease. Plaque is colourless which means that bacteria can go unseen whilst doing damage to your teeth, leading to orthodontic problems that only get worse.
It all sounds too good to be true at this point, so it’s time we looked at some of the reasons why people show discontent at the news they might need braces. Braces can burn quite a large hole in your wallet, especially if you pursue them without a recommendation from your dentist. Braces are actually free of charge when you’re below the age of 18, so this is the best time to have them. However, if you’re an adult and find out from your dentist that braces might be a good option, be prepared to pay in excess of £200, perhaps even £300 for the treatment. As I mentioned earlier, private dentistry care costs and dental implants such as braces can cost thousands.
Braces can cause differing amounts of pain, especially in the lower jaw area. When braces are first fitted they tend to put pressure on the jaw which in turn creates an uncomfortable, pressurised feeling in this area. In addition, braces require wires to be tightened every now and then as they gradually loosen up every few weeks and this can also cause pain. Pain and discomfort is likely to be the most common reason for children to reject braces, while adults tend to notice pain for the first time when eating and chewing.
There are other reasons children are put off having braces, one of which is embarrassment. It’s not uncommon for children to be teased and even bullied at school about their braces and this could have an overall effect on their performance in education. Adults with braces may also find public interaction an awkward prospect as not many adults have braces. However, a new type of braces that are made from clear plastic moulds are now widely used as dental implants to decrease the potential for embarrassment and make it less obvious that someone is wearing braces.
It’s incredibly unlikely but there have been cases of teeth being damaged as a result of orthodontic treatment. When damage does occur, it is usually related to the surface of the tooth and the enamel which can suffer scratching or damage when braces are shifted in some way. In more serious cases of damage as a result of orthodontics treatment, the roots of a tooth can be damaged leading to the tooth slowly deteriorating and ultimately “dying”, although this is particularly uncommon.
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