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Advantages and Disadvantages of Braces

Having braces installed on your teeth definitely has advantages and disadvantages. This article aims to discuss both the advantages and disadvantages of installing braces for your teeth. Other information about dental health and hygiene will also be discussed.

Advantages of Braces

Here are some of the aforementioned advantages of using braces for your own benefit.


Dental Correction

  1. You need to have braces installed to correct dental flaws like buck teeth or a protruding jaw. In addition to this, you can use braces to align your crooked teeth.

  2. Braces can also help strengthen the gums so that it can hold the teeth properly into position.

  3. Braces can prevent gaps from separating your teeth as it aligns them properly. You will never have to deal with unsightly gaps if you use braces at an early age.

Overall Dental Health

Using braces can improve your overall dental health because it will realign the teeth properly and have you smiling that perfect smile in no time.

Major Disadvantage

One major disadvantage of wearing on braces is the discomfort and pain that dental patients usually experience when having braces installed. This is because of the metal frame is usually used when making the brace. It will run through the teeth and produce a sensitivity that will render the teeth prone to dental pain.

Problems with Using Braces

  1. Another problem that braces can pose for the wearer is the embarrassment of having to be seen wearing braces. A person wearing braces will be regarded as a “geek”. Therefore, it will be highly likely for him or her to be teased or bullied in school.

  2. Self-esteem is a big issue for young people nowadays and with braces on your teeth, your self-esteem will be greatly damaged if you do not have the courage and determination to face all your detractors.

However, dental professionals already discovered a perfect solution for this problem. Here are some of the alternative kinds of braces that patients can use to hide the fact that they are wearing one.

Alternatives to Using Metal Braces

You have many choices as to the type of braces that you can have installed. There are ceramic braces as well as plastic braces that should be much more comfortable for any patient to utilize. However, it is much more advisable to use metal braces, as it is more durable and long lasting.

Different Types of Braces

Invisalign Braces

These virtually invisible braces made of either ceramic or plastic will never be seen by the naked eye even if you smile a lot. People will never know that you ever have braces on if you decide to use this.

Colored Braces

You can also have colored braces that can definitely turn into a fashion statement. People will talk to you not because of how weird you love but because of the kind of braces that you are wearing.

Caring For Braces

  1. Painkillers can be used to address the initial pain that you feel if you have braces installed. You have to cast your dentist about this to be able to get more information.
  2. In addition to this, the direct care for braces should be given focus. A special kind of brush it is advisable to be used in order for you to clean the braces properly. This brush can also reach into the back of the teeth and get the food particles that may be stuck in between.

Constant appointments with your dentist will give you the chance to get more data on the proper usage and care of braces. You should never forget this one very important aspect of dental hygiene.


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Posted By : lesego mosweunyane on 10-Aug-2015 03:18 AM
iam 32 ,planninmg to have my braces next month,now hooh.iam afraid if its painfull,and for how long does the pain takes,mond you some people,say u dont eat at all.fo the first two weeks.

Posted By : Ketan on 08-Apr-2015 04:51 AM
Im 17 years old and I'm having a 1mm gap between my front teeth. Im planning to get Braces but my parents are declining and saying that BRACES would loosen my gums and give me problem of loosing teeth earlier in adult age.Is it true?? If YES what shall i do?? and if NO what would be the BEST SOLUTION on it to get rid of the GAP BETWEEN FRONT TEETH EARLIER? and for that is it compulsory to remove 4 of my teeths of back ??

Posted By : hema on 20-May-2014 11:30 AM
Hi, am going to remove my clip next month...it really helped me to givea confident smile :)

Posted By : Dr. Rtiz on 25-May-2013 10:20 PM

Brady, First the dentist will take models and xrays to make a proper treatment plan. After than he will put separators followed by brackets, bands and wires. There is no surgical procedure and it is not painful. Some pain is there when pressure is put on teeth to move them but painkillers take care of that. Depending on the treatment plan, he will call you at regular intervals to adjust the wire and to see the progress and it takes normally 18-24 months for the procedure to complete.


Posted By : Brady Holliday on 22-May-2013 01:15 PM
I am 14, and I am going to be getting Braces in a month. There are a lot of things I am concerned about. Does it really hurt that bad? My top teeth are crooked, and spaced out. Can you tell me what the whole process is? Like what happens and things like that? It would mean so much to me. Thank you!

Posted By : Dr.Ritz on 25-Sep-2012 10:40 PM

Hi KESHRI,Thanks for the comment.Braces does not cause a premature loss of adult teeth.It is just a myth.Certain other reasons like poor oral hygiene,poor nutrition,oral habits,contact sports,dental fear can definitely lead to early loss of teeth in old age but not braces.I hope this solves your query.


Posted By : Keshri on 25-Sep-2012 08:59 AM
I have heard that if we used braces then in old age we will have problem of loosing teeth easily. Is that right?

Posted By : Dr.Ritz on 06-Sep-2012 12:15 AM

Dear ANN,The use of braces is known to lead to localized gum recession. The way it occurs is due to prolonged irritation of the adjacent gum margin. This can be either directly from the part of the braces near the gum line or from food particles that get trapped into the brackets of the braces. This is one major reason why receding gums may occur.So,with braces on your teeth,you have to maintain the best of oral hygiene.Consult with your orthodontist if you feel your problem worsens.


Posted By : Ann on 05-Sep-2012 06:08 PM
I have a 10yrs old that start wearig braces 4 mths ago. what i notice a few of her front teeth are receeding, I would like to know what causes this problem and if it can reverse

Posted By : Dr.Ritz on 19-Aug-2012 11:20 PM

Dear SALLY, Your comment is highly appreciated as this would help to remove the phobia of patients who are planning for ortho treatment in near future. We would be happy to get more of your experience with braces in near future.


Posted By : sally on 19-Aug-2012 04:16 AM
i am wearing my braces for almost 3 months now,and i must say that it is not much painful compare to what i imagine before..wearing braces increases my self confidence not to mention having a perfect smile each day...

Posted By : Dr.melissa on 22-Jul-2012 11:39 PM
Mary if u have large lips then u need to be extra conscious while wearing braces as they cause laceration to the lips , and if the lips are large then they cause more laceration on lip and gingiva.So be careful and u can use wax to prevent the injury.Remember to keep ur lip stable and not rub them against ur braces repeatedly.

Posted By : mary on 22-Jul-2012 07:32 PM
what is the disadvantage of having braces, if your lips is thick?

Posted By : derrick on 19-Jul-2012 06:23 PM
I have had my braces on for about two years. My Ortho Dr was hopefull that she could align all my teeth, but the issue I am having with my treatment concerns by jaw. Apparently, the right side of my jaw is preventing all of the teeth (lower and upper from lining up, my rear molar will not come in. One suggestion was to have surgery on my jaw. I opted out. the other option was drill a screw or something as such in my molar as an anchor and then attach it to my opposite molar with the thought of pulling the molar thus the perfect smile but it might not work so I opted out of that as well. Any suggestions, or do I walk away with an almost perfect smile? I didn't realize the jaw structure played an important role in the field of braces. thanks

Posted By : Cooldude on 15-Jun-2012 03:18 AM
lol in our school is u have brace you are cool not geek lol lmao

Posted By : Dr.Ritz on 30-May-2012 09:40 PM
HEART, palatal expander is an appliance used to treat crossbite. he purpose of the palate expander is to widen the upper palate so that the teeth fall in place and the cross bite gets automatically corrected.

Posted By : Heart on 30-May-2012 09:40 AM
What is the best braces for crossbite teeth? I'm planning to have braces, Pls advice me :) Thanks..

Posted By : Dr.Ritz on 30-May-2012 01:40 AM
PRACHI, there is no specific age for braces. It depends upon the malocclusion as at times your orthodontist will weight for the jaw size to attain maximum growth and will then put braces and sometimes braces can be fitted with milk tooth intact. The only difference is that dentist will not put brackets which will allow shedding of milk teeth in their usual time span.

Posted By : Prachi on 29-May-2012 02:39 AM
Pls let me know what is an ideal age for putting-up braces. Or there is no any age limitation for the same…..I’ve heard that, putting-up braces is more effective and quick resulting during young age.

Posted By : Carol on 16-Apr-2012 10:35 AM
Thanks for the reply Dr. Ritz :)

Posted By : Dr. Ritz on 16-Apr-2012 08:49 AM
Karol,the orthodontic brushes are available which are used when undergoing braces treatment. These are easily available. You should avoid taking hard and sticky food as they are difficult to chew and they can harm the brackets also. Initially when the wires are tightened there is difficulty in chewing even the soft food but that problem is there just for 3 to 4 days. At that time you can take noodles or porridge , puddings or anything soft which you need not chew.

Posted By : Carol on 15-Apr-2012 09:11 AM
This tips has become more helpful to me so thanks for that. Can u please give me idea for what kind of Toothbrush I must use while wearing braces and what are the foods I can eat while wearing braces cause I cannot chew properly while having this.. Thanks again.

Posted By : saneha on 29-Oct-2011 10:03 PM
very soon i'll be starting my treatment. But i wonder why is it so expensive in other countries? because, here in Mauritius, the most expensive one can cost at around 40000rs (~800£) !!well,it is more cheaper here!

Posted By : Dr Ritz on 21-Aug-2011 11:52 PM
Sanjay, Apart from metal and invisible braces, hidden braces can also be given. They are also known as lingual braces and are placed behind the teeth and can be seen only on opening the mouth. Only few orthodontics who specializes in lingual braces can give these braces. They may cause difficulty in speech initially and are more expensive than the conventional braces. The duration of treatment may increase with these braces and it can't be used in case of severe malocclusion. You can discuss about the option of hidden braces with your orthodontist.

Posted By : Sanjay on 21-Aug-2011 10:57 AM
I dentist gave me two options for braces.. 1) Metal Braces 2)Invisible Braces I search from internet there is also option Hidden Braces...Are there any disadvantages of hidden braces or is it fine to go with hidden braces... Thanks for your help

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