A better quality of life thanks to orthodontics? Why do straight teeth have positive body effects.
Med. dent. Kristina Sleiter-Bajic, our dentist specialised in orthodontics, always follows a holistic approach to patients. This is because straight teeth look beautiful and have positive effects on your health.
In our orthodontics clinic in Egerkingen, we explain to you:
- how orthodontics can help you,
- how straight teeth influence your well-being,
- how to best clean and maintain your teeth and braces.
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Why are straight teeth important?
Today, straight and healthy teeth are essential for a well-groomed appearance. Nobody likes to run around with crooked teeth.
However, straight teeth also provide various health benefits:
- The dental enamel is protected if your bite is without gaps between the teeth.
- A perfect alignment of upper and lower jaw puts less strain on the muscles of your jaw and neck.
- Straight teeth help prevent decay and periodontitis because you can reach all the teeth’s surfaces and easily clean them.
How do braces work?
Where teeth step out of line, they need help from the outside. We have the right methods to push them back into line. You wonder how this works? With a little bit of gentle pushing and pulling. To do so, we use fixed or removable braces.
Teeth can easily be moved. They are not rigidly fixed in the jaw bone as most of us believe. They are connected to the jaw bone by elastic ligaments. Like a shock absorber, they cushion the pressure produced through biting and chewing and protect your teeth by doing so.
Straight teeth with a little bit of gentle pushing and pulling
Braces, both fixed or removable, work similarly to a seesaw. On one side, the brace pushes the tooth into the desired direction, thus ensuring that it is pulled into the opposite direction on the other side:
- Gentle pushing and pulling ensure that the bone substance in the jaw bone becomes more and more adapted to the new position.
- We adjust the braces regularly until the teeth are in the best position.
- This procedure ensures that teeth and ligaments get used to the new position in a slow and gentle manner.
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Frequently asked questions about braces
You would like to have braces? Your child will have the first braces? Here, we answer the questions frequently asked by our patients.
Will I feel pain if I wear braces?
At the beginning of the treatment, you might feel some discomfort. The teeth are sensible to the unusual pressure. Maybe your child has difficulties chewing solid foods. Usually, this wears off after 1 – 2 days.
Our advice: Eat soft foods like yoghurt or soup during the first days. Reduce the strain on your teeth. Does the pain persist? Call us. We arrange for a visit and check the correct positioning of the braces.
Do braces affect my speech?
Fixed braces usually do not affect your speech. Some patients report a discomfort with removable braces because they are unfamiliar with the palatal plate. Such palatal plate is mostly used for children and teenagers. Please make sure that your daughter or son is wearing the braces regularly, especially in the beginning, as this will make the tongue adapt faster to the reduced space.
Can I eat everything with fixed braces?
A hearty bite into a steak or the crust of a well baked bread? This is truly something persons wearing fixed braces should abstain from. However, if you cut the steak or bread into smaller pieces, there is nothing to be said against this pleasure. Of course, you might also enjoy sweets every now and then. Always remember though, that toffee and co are likely to get stuck in the brackets of your braces. Make sure to take extra care of your teeth.
Do fixed braces contribute to tooth decay?
If you are wearing braces, you have to take extra care of your teeth. Food particles often remain between the brackets and wires. Dental decay may occur if you do not brush your teeth correctly.
Your advantage at Dentalspecialist: you find all experts under one roof: Our trained dental hygienists will give you valuable information how to effectively clean your teeth and braces. Read more in the dental health section: prophylaxis and professional teeth cleaning.
Why do the teeth move after the treatment?
Like all skeletal structures, the teeth also have a “memory”. They have a habit of shifting back into their old positions. We recommend to keep wearing a retaining brace or a retainer after the successful treatment.
- A retaining brace looks like a removable brace. You wear it at night to help your teeth adapt to the new position. They are mostly used for children or minor malocclusions.
- A retainer is a small arch made of wire which is placed directly behind the incisors, where it should remain permanently in case of severe malocclusions.