Potential Oral Health Issues With Dental Braces

Potential Oral Health Issues With Dental Braces

Avoiding the problems associated with traditional braces.

There is no doubt that having straighter teeth creates a better looking smile. It is therefore not surprising that orthodontics are a popular treatment amongst those looking at ways to improve their appearance.

Although once straightened, even teeth are easier to keep clean and trouble free, they can be at an increased risk for the duration of the straightening process.

Traditional braces

Wearing traditional types of dental braces; i.e. the ones that use wires and brackets to straighten teeth, can create oral health issues for the patient unless care is taken. This applies whether the braces are old style metallic ones or one of the range of ‘invisible braces’ which use newer discreet materials. The fact is that this method can cause food and bacteria to become trapped in the wires, potentially causing tooth decay or even gum disease.

Anyone that does wear these traditional braces should take extra time each day to clean their teeth well. New patients of the Foxhall Dental Practice that already have these braces fitted will be given guidance and instructions on the best way to clean their teeth when wearing the braces. It is also important that regular visits to our Ipswich practice are maintained so that we can monitor the health of your teeth and gums as well as the progress of the teeth straightening.

Clear aligners

For patients who do not already have braces fitted but are keen to improve their crooked smile, we are able to offer a new type of orthodontic system which avoids the problems usually associated with traditional braces. Invisalign braces use an entirely different method to straighten your teeth. Instead of wires and brackets, a series of trays are made from impressions of your teeth. These are fully transparent and sit directly over your natural teeth. Each tray will then gently reposition your teeth using a low force for additional comfort.

Whilst the invisible nature of these braces is the reason that many people choose them, they are also made to be removed by the patient when they eat and when cleaning their teeth. Not only is this convenient in that patients don’t need to worry about if they can comfortably eat certain foods, but also means that you can continue to clean and floss your teeth in your normal manner. Naturally, you will also need to ensure that the trays are kept clean and not returned to your teeth in an unhygienic state. This is easy to do though and full cleaning instructions will be issued to our Ipswich dentistry patients during the consultation.

If you are interested in having your teeth straightened without the inconvenience, high visibility and additional risk of traditional braces, ask us about Invisalign; we will be happy to help. Call the Foxhall Dental Practice today on 01473 258396.