Some Downside of Traditional Braces
Traditional vs. Clear Braces
Braces have long been a choice for many people who wish to straighten their teeth and improve their dental health. This choice should be fairly simple to make, but today, consumers have many options when it comes to braces and the kinds they can have. Traditionally, braces consist of brackets and wires that work together to pull and push teeth into place to be straight. Recently, braces have expanded to include clear braces that act almost as retainers, slowly moving your teeth over time and allowing for some privacy about your teeth straightening.
The choice between traditional and clear braces has become more of an agonizing choice for some, and it’s one that many people aren’t sure about right off. While both options will end with straight teeth, one option may be better for some than others, and it’s a decision that should be discussed with your dentist or orthodontist in full before any action is taken.
The Downsides to Traditional Braces
Traditional braces, while still widely used, have many downsides that make the experience of having braces quite uncomfortable. These negative aspects can make those who are about to get braces nervous, and they can cause someone to consider not getting braces at all. Some of these aspects include:
Broken brackets: Broken brackets are an annoying aspect of traditional braces. A broken bracket means that you will need to go back to your dentist/orthodontist to have the bracket fixed, which means you will need to miss work or school to deal with the issue. Brackets can break for a multitude of reasons as well, which can mean those with brackets will end up being more cautious than perhaps necessary to make sure they don’t break them and cause a disruption in their life.
Painful tightening: Braces, in any form, will cause some uncomfortable pressure to occur. Traditional braces, however, may be more painful due to the way they are tightened to help straighten teeth. Many times, braces are tightened in such a way to help teeth straighten as much as possible between visits, which can mean that the day of and the days after the appointment where the braces are tightened you will feel some significant pain, which can end up being debilitating to some.
Some foods must be avoided: When you wear traditional braces, you may need to avoid eating certain foods to ensure that your braces won’t be affected. Whole apples, chewy and sticky foods, or hard candies and foods may need to be avoided to ensure that your braces are safe from being broken, which can be difficult for some people to follow, depending on the situation.
Traditional braces do have many advantages, but with the options that people have today, they are beginning to fall in popularity in favor of choices that are not as invasive, complicated, and obvious as traditional braces are. Consult your dentist or orthodontist before you make a final decision to see what the best option may be for you.
California Dentist for Your Braces Needs
When you need braces and are unsure of what to do, talk with the professionals at the Del Mar offices of Curtis L. Chan, D.D.S. Our staff knows how to treat their patients and how to answer the questions you may have in regards to the clear braces our office offers. Call our San Diego office today to discuss your needs today at (858) 481-9090.
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