We all had at least one friend growing up who had braces. More than likely the braces we remember are professionally known as ‘fixed braces’ and were often offered as standard on the NHS to teenagers and young children.
Fixed braces are great for straightening misaligned teeth, but are not very visually pleasing. Dentistry has evolved since the time of the traditional metal braces and now a wide range of different braces are available, many of which are less visible but provide all the dental realignment you may require.
Different types of braces
At Cheltenham Dental Spa, we are able to provide you with different types of braces depending on what our dentists recommend to leave you with the best results.
The braces in Cheltenham that we provide fall into two distinct groups, orthodontic and cosmetic.
Our orthodontic braces are fitted by our specialist orthodontist. These braces are typically prescribed to help with dental problems that affect the entire mouth, or multiple teeth on the upper or lower jaws.
Our cosmetic braces are often removable as well as being more discreet than the orthodontic version. You can get your discreet braces in Cheltenham fitted by a qualified dentist as they do not require an orthodontist. These braces are also often removable and are designed to realign the teeth visible at the front of the mouth. Cosmetic braces are only fitted if you have fewer dental alignment problems to address.
Caring for your braces
If you have been fitted with orthodontic braces, there are no major lifestyle changes you will have to make in order to maintain them.
However, in order to ensure that your braces do not become damaged, we advise against eating any hard or sticky foods, as well as consumption of any foods or drinks that are high in sugar. With fitted braces, sugary foods can lead to discolouration or marks forming on your teeth.
We also suggest that you cut your food up into smaller pieces, rather than biting off large chunks, as this can potentially cause your braces to become unstuck or damaged.
What to expect when wearing braces
Whether you are wearing cosmetic or orthodontic braces, wearing them can take some getting used to.
Talking may feel different for a while and you may be more aware of your teeth, but don’t worry. Wearing braces of any kind will pay off in the long term when you have straight, perfectly aligned teeth.
When brushing your teeth, you may need to change your technique slightly but remember to take your time. Oral hygiene is even more important when you have braces.
Finally, if you feel some discomfort, particularly with orthodontic braces, be aware that this is part of the process. Your teeth are gradually being moved into a different position and a mild level of discomfort is normal and to be expected.
If you have any concerns about having your dental braces in Cheltenham fitted, talk to your dentist.