Cosmetic orthodontics is a dental treatment that deals with the correction of misaligned teeth for cosmetic reasons. This requires the use of a brace that helps move the badly aligned teeth back into place. It is most commonly used to treat misaligned teeth which results in what is known as a ‘bad bite’, meaning that the top row of teeth protrude over the bottom row of teeth. It is also used when there are too many teeth in the jaw causing overcrowding, or when there’s a jaw irregularity that causes difficulty in biting or chewing.
Not long ago we used to see only kids wearing braces, but now many adults are choosing to get braces to improve the look of their smile, and it’s quite understandable, because you could spend thousands of dollars on cosmetic surgery, face lifts, and what not, but without the pretty smile, the makeover is not complete.
As with all cosmetic improvements, this can have a positive effect on a person’s confidence and self esteem, and when performed also to fix dental problems like crooked or crowded teeth, overbites and underbites, incorrect jaw position or jaw joint disorders, then the effect the patient gets from this treatment is an overall improvement in quality of life.
There are several types of braces, and in a quick visit to your Tijuana dentist, he can assess your needs and recommend the best one suited for you.
At first, getting braces is not the best thing in the world, but the results make it all worth while. You will probably experience some discomfort or difficulty speaking or eating. There may be pressure pain while you teeth are being aligned, but your dentist will prescribe anti-inflammatory medication (or some natural alternative) and a mild pain reliever.
It is important that during the time you are wearing braces, you keep your teeth and brackets clean, because food and plaque can get trapped between the teeth and gums. To avoid the risk of cavities, follow a strict regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing, and consume sweets and carbohydrates as less as possible. Also, you will need to avoid food that can damage or dislodge braces, like hard candy, raw carrots, pretzels, nuts and popcorn, among others. Also, avoid food that is sticky or chewy such as caramel, taffy and gum. These can get stuck between your teeth, bend wires, knock bands or loose brackets, and and any of these occur, you could require a visit to the dentist for readjustment, and may cause the treatment to be extended.
If you feel like you are in need of orthodontic treatment, you are not alone. About 1 million Americans over the age of 18 use them, so go ahead and give us a call to schedule a dentist appointment. We offer amazing orthodontic treatment in Tijuana, at the most affordable prices on both sides of the border!