Uncovering some of the truths behind braces

Tuesday, 19th July, 2022

With orthodontic treatments taking the world by storm, it is important to ensure that you are getting the correct information from those who have knowledge and experience behind them.

Braces are often linked with negative opinions; however, they remain one of the most effective tooth realignment treatments and can alter your smile for the better.

With all the advances in dentistry, there are a whole host of braces available to patients, and each has its own strengths when it comes to realigning teeth. At Navan Dental, we have plenty of knowledge on the subject and will work with you to ensure that the realignment method we use is suited to your case and lifestyle.

Invisible braces can help correct small gaps and adjust the positioning of teeth in an overcrowded mouth. Clear braces can resolve slightly more complex misalignment problems. Some braces focus on the more cosmetic side of your smile by only correcting the front teeth whilst the traditional brace is designed to work on more complex tooth misalignments.

At Navan Dental, we can offer a variety of orthodontist Navan, and with our knowledgeable team working with you every step of the way, you can rest assured that you will uncover the most suitable treatment for your case.

Below, we uncover some of the answers to the more common questions surrounding braces for adults.

Does wearing braces as an adult work?

They most certainly do!

Whether you’re going down the traditional route or following a more cosmetically appealing approach, and no matter what your age is, braces can be effective. As long as you follow the guidance given by our dental team, realigning your teeth has never been easier, and as an adult, your commitment to the process is expected to be stronger than that of a teenager. With around a 97% success rate, adult orthodontist Navan is highly effective and sought after.

How long does treatment take?

This depends entirely on your misalignment problem, your commitment to the treatment and what type of brace you have.

Clear braces, on average, take around 6 to 9 months to realign teeth.

Invisible braces generally vary between 3 and 9 months.

Traditional braces can take between 18 and 36 months since they are used to tackle more complex misalignment cases. When looking into the cosmetic approaches to orthodontist Navan, it may be that the treatment is carried out at home; such treatments rely heavily on how much commitment you have to the realignment process.

Is the process always painful?

Whenever teeth are pushed or pulled into newly aligned positions, an element of discomfort is likely to occur. However, orthodontic treatment should not be extremely painful, and if day-to-day life becomes greatly impacted, then a trip to our dentist is needed. For those suffering from minor discomfort, over-the-counter pain relievers can make all the difference.

Will my oral hygiene deteriorate whilst wearing a brace?

Whilst you may need to adjust your oral hygiene process when wearing a brace, at no point should your oral health decline. If you use removable aligners, it is important to remove them before mealtimes and keep food debris out of the aligner by simply washing them with water. Or if you have a fixed brace, you will need to work around the appliance in detail. Either way, our dental team will advise on the right cleaning practices to be carried out whilst undergoing treatment.

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