How Long Does the Braces Treatment Last?

What Are Braces?

Individuals with a healthy and proper oral development have teeth that come out on the same line on the jawbone. If the teeth are not aligned on the jawbone, the person’s tooth structure will not have an aesthetic appearance, and they may experience jaw deformities which affect its functions negatively. In such cases, braces are applied to ensure that the tooth structures are aligned on the jawbone by applying pressure on the teeth. The treatment is a long and difficult process. During this time, one must be patient. Braces last for an average of 1 year and may cause pain in the mouth structure and toothache when it is first put on. This is due to the fact that the teeth are surrounded by a wire and this wire puts pressure on the teeth. In braces treatment, which produces very successful results especially for people who have undesirable teeth and jaw appearance in their childhood, the process first starts by taking impressions that are separate for each mouth. With the impressions taken, individual braces for each patient’s mouth are made. In this way, this personal treatment process begins for people who want to have straight teeth and jaw structure.

How Are Braces Applied?

Braces are a type of treatment applied to create teeth that are compatible and aligned with each other on the teeth line on the jaw. First, the problematic structure is determined in the initial examination. With medical imaging techniques, the jaw structure and the condition of the teeth are examined. Afterwards, an intraoral examination is carried out to determine how and in what size braces should be prepared. With the measurements taken, a brace suitable for the patient's mouth structure is prepared. Braces are prepared by designing a thin wire to surround the teeth and to fit each tooth with a piece called a bracket. The purpose of this design is for the brackets to apply pressure on the teeth and to put the teeth under pressure to the extent and level allowed by the wire surrounding the teeth. Thus, changes will begin gradually in the mouth. Even if these changes take place over a long period of time, the result will be permanent. Therefore, braces are a long but almost 100% successful treatment process.

How Long Does the Treatment Last?

Braces are applied at different times depending on the age of the patient, the development of the oral structure and the deformation that causes the treatment. The treatment process, which starts with the measurement of the braces, ends with the teeth reaching the desired appearance and function. This process usually takes a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 4 years. Braces treatment, which is generally applied at an early age, gives faster results because the bone structure of children is more elastic. Therefore, the treatment process takes a shorter time at early ages. However, the advancing age factor and excessive crooked/gapped teeth prolong the treatment process. In adulthood, treatments usually last 1-2 years.

What To Do During the Treatment Process?

The brackets and wire that apply pressure to the tooth surface can cause food residues to accumulate in some areas in the mouth. Food residues accumulating behind the brackets and wire can cause the growth of bacteria in the mouth. In this case, tooth decay occurs. In order to prevent tooth decay, people who undergo this treatment should perform their oral care practices much more carefully. In addition, traces left by consumables such as tea, coffee, cola, and cigarettes that cause staining and wear on the teeth will create stains around the brackets. It will be beneficial to practice good oral hygiene with precision and to avoid the use of these substances during braces treatment so that these stains do not adversely affect the aesthetic appearance of your teeth.

Who needs gingival aesthetics?

Teeth are the most attractive parts of people since they provide both healthy and aesthetic appearance. A person’s smile is an impressive detail about the person. The fundamental components of smile are teeth and gum. In short, the clean and aesthetic appearance of the teeth and gum is an attractive point in a person’s general appearance. We know that to have a beautiful smile, you need have white teeth, but what about the gum? What can be done to have heathy and aesthetic gum? Firstly, a fight against intraoral bacteria is necessary.  You can fight with intraoral bacteria that cause tooth decay and gingival diseases by regular oral hygiene. However, sometimes the regional damage the intraoral bacteria give to the gum cannot be defeated only by oral hygiene. In this case, there are different applications depending on the gingival problem. The most common of these applications is gingival aesthetics. It is possible to have a beautiful, healthy, aesthetic, and impressive smile with this application. 

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