Wednesday, 29 March 2017

How braces work?

In the past weeks , Room 1 have been focusing on explanation writing. 

WALT: Write an explanation 
Success criteria:
1) Identify how to plan and explanation
2) use correct format 

How braces work?

With over 33% of people in the world having braces, the modern way to straighten teeth is surely gaining popularity from older times.  Although such a large amount of the population have braces, many others don’t know how they work, what the effect is on our whole mouth health and for those who were naturally given straight teeth, what it means emotionally. 

What are braces?

Braces are a metal device used to straighten and align teeth that may suffer from overbite, crowding, crooked posture/ Position and for general health reasons. The metal tabs are attached to teeth and are anchoring a wire running along the teeth and eventually after a long period of time ( 6-24 months) the braces will have reformed the teeth.

Why do we have braces?

Especially coming from my personal experience, braces can improve some in mental, physical and emotional ways, therefore a large percentage of people with braces are using the tool for cosmetic reasons more than medical. Braces can also improve your gum health as it is positioning your teeth in a healthy place to brush all areas, unfortunately through this the transition can be painful. 

How do braces work?

When questionng if braces are needed, your orthodontist will x- ray your teeth and in some cases, teeth extraction is nessacary to get the best outcome overall. Once ready, the orthodontsit will begin the process by cleaning the surface of the teeth so the glue can be applied properly. Then, they will apply the brackets to the surface of the tooth. Next a long wire will be locked into the brackets so it runs along the surface of the teeth. During a period of months to years, the wire will be tightened annually to ensure the teeth are moving into the right position. Rubber bands are also attached to the brackets and anchor, pushing the teeth into the desired place. Once the orthodontist is happy with the formation, the braces will be removed ans a temporary retainer is put in plae to ensu the teeth stay in a required angle and shape. The retainer can be worn for as long as the patient wants and is willing to keep the teeth how they are.

Braces, although costly are extremely beneficial and are definitelty worth investigating and then investing in, not only so you have straight teeth, also a healthy mouth and an extra burst of confidence. 

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