Braces are certainly the most well-known technique in orthodontics. Everyone knows someone who wears or has worn braces. To everyone’s delight and benefit, this technique has greatly evolved in recent years and the appearance of braces is now more discreet.
Frequently asked questions about dental braces
What are braces?
Braces are made of small metal or ceramic brackets that are bonded to the front of the teeth and connected by a wire. The braces apply a very light but constant pressure on the teeth to bring them into an optimal position.
As an orthodontic treatment, braces simultaneously correct the individual position of the teeth. They require regular adjustments to maintain proper tension on the teeth. You should therefore plan to visit your dentist every 6 to 8 weeks on average to monitor the progress of your treatment.
How do I perform dental hygiene when wearing braces?
Wearing braces requires excellent oral hygiene. Because braces are bonded to the teeth, food debris and plaque tend to accumulate more easily.
If oral hygiene is poor during orthodontic treatment, it can lead to cavities and periodontal disease, which can delay or affect the final result of your orthodontic treatment. It is therefore essential to follow the advice of the dentists at Lapointe Dental Centres and to have regular follow-ups.
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