Braces are appliances that are put on someone's teeth when they have teeth that are crooked or when there are gaps in their teeth that they want to have corrected. If you have dental issues and the dentist suggests braces, then you will want to have a basic understanding of them, so you know what to expect and what you will need to do in order to properly care for them. Here are the basics of dental braces.
Braces can be put on people of different ages
While it's more commonly seen for young adults to have braces, they are also commonly put on adults. The one thing to understand is your dental health should be considered good to have braces on. As long as you have gums and teeth strong enough that the braces won't cause problems, then you will likely be considered a good candidate as long as they can correct the issues you have with your teeth.
Braces come in different types and styles
Years ago the braces people had were all similar. However, there are now different types and there are even a number of options available for certain types of braces. For example, there are braces that go on the front and you can choose different colors. This is something that children like because they can have braces that include blue ones, red ones, or any other number of colors for a fun colorful smile. Adults like the fact that they can opt for clear braces that make it harder for them to be seen.
Braces take special care
There are certain things that need to be done in order to ensure that your teeth stay healthy and in good shape while the braces are on. You want to brush after any and every meal and make sure you brush thoroughly. You also want to floss after everything you eat. It is different to floss in braces, but there are floss threaders that will help you to work the floss between your teeth when you have braces on. Also, don't eat sticky things that you won't be able to get off the braces easily, such as gum and taffy. When you have braces on, you should even brush after drinking colored drinks or you increase the amount of staining that can end up on your teeth and the white spots you will end up with once the braces have been taken off.