A straight smile not only looks more attractive but is easier to maintain and keep clean, which is good to avoid developing tooth decay or gum disease. Also, teeth that are improperly positioned in the mouth can cause stress on the chewing muscles, leading to conditions such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, headaches, and neck, shoulder, or back pain. Adjusting teeth with the use of orthodontics can protect teeth and help them last longer. At Yu Ming Lam Dental in Vancouver, we offer both traditional (wire) braces and clear braces. For traditional braces in Vancouver, BC, schedule an appointment with our orthodontist today.
Considering orthodontic braces in Vancouver, BC? Braces are used to treat such conditions as overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite. They can also remedy gaps in teeth and fix crowding issues. In fact, traditional braces can be more effective at treating overcrowded teeth than other options and are less expensive. Because of the nature of wire braces – that they use brackets and wires – they allow the dentist to make small adjustments as needed. Advancements in the appearance of traditional braces, with a range of color options in the brackets and elastics now available, have made them more appealing than in the past. And having the braces fixed in the mouth eliminates the possibility of ever misplacing removable aligners.
Usually, braces must be worn for 18 months to two years, though this time can vary. During this period, they will require specific care to keep them clean and functional. Certain foods will have to be avoided, such as chewy foods that can get stuck in the braces or very hard or crunchy foods that can damage them. Certain fruits and vegetables may get caught in the braces and will need to be cut into small pieces. Additionally, it is important to keep up with regular flossing and brushing practices. It may be helpful to get a special brush that can get into the crevices and various surfaces of the braces. Seeing the dentist regularly is also important to check on the status of the braces and make adjustments as necessary to ensure that the treatment is progressing on schedule.