Written by Eve Bandusena | Parents Avenue’s Editorial Assistant
Fake braces? Patient Intentions? Government clinics? Join us as we cover the fascinating A to Z’s of dental braces with Dr. Sylvia of Phi Dental.
What Is Dental Braces?
Dr. Sylvia starts at the top, “Dental braces are an appliance to realign the teeth. Nowadays, there are several types of appliances. There are fixed appliance, removable appliance, transparent appliance so they work together in different mechanical procedure to move your teeth into the ideal position.”
As for the length the dental braces need to applied, she estimates that it takes one and a half years to two years. “Of course, it all depends on the severity,” and after some thinking includes, “There are cases where it took three to three and a half years to complete because of very severe mouth alignment.”
Among the side-effects of dental braces are soreness and discomfort. But not to worry, Dr. Sylvia reassures as that it’s short term and will last for 1 to 2 weeks. However, a more serious issue that could arise is complications.
Functionality vs Aesthetic
Moving on, Dr. Sylvia firmly states 3 reasons why dental braces are mostly often sought after. Firstly, functionality, secondly, aesthetic and thirdly, hygiene. “If your teeth are not aligned, you’ll have difficulty chewing or speaking well.”
She continues, “Most people will usually choose to apply dental braces for aesthetic but I have to emphasize that without a set of aligned teeth, it can affect your function as well. She goes on to expand that, over time when we’re chewing in a certain way we begin to adapt to it, and having crooked teeth disables yours from brushing well as some tooth is outside or hidden.
No Age Limits Here!
When asked about the flow of Sabahan getting dental braces, she replies, “I see do a lot of teenagers and adult cases. Previously, people have this habit of thinking, ‘I’m old, I don’t need braces.’ However, more and more adults are accepting dental braces today compared to in the past. “There’s no age limit as long as you go for a proper check-up. If your case is ideal. It’ll take a longer time to straighten teeth in adults but it’s possible.” She adds.
When Is It The Right Time To Get Dental Braces?
According to Dr. Sylvia, she presses on that each case is different. “Sometimes, we would delay a little to observe the growth of the children.” When it comes to correcting facial forms, she recommends starting young. “We can start from as early as 4 to 5 years old with the removable appliance, or even 1 to 2 years old.”
Life With Dental Braces
At every monthly review, the hygiene of the patient is checked and if it’s not satisfying, the dentist gets it cleaned for them. For anyone thinking of getting dental braces, a routine check-up is crucial, “We’ll monitor the patient’s hygiene and the great thing about this practice is that we have EMS and airflow machine where we can clean between the tooth very easily.” She says.
Other than hygiene check-ups, monthly reviews are important in the process of progressing the duration of dental braces. “Coming monthly, fastens the process,” she explains, “in a month, sometimes you can move half an mm or one mm. Routine visits help because from there, we will know where to go.” However, delaying it and coming in once every six months can cause a lot of problems.
Nowadays, there are many fake braces available to us through Instagram, Shoppee and many other popular apps, and Dr. Sylvia isn’t condoning this trend.
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