It is recommended that before anyone undergoes major dental surgery or any other procedures regarding their teeth, one should do an extensive inquiry about the procedure that is necessary for the improvement of your dental health. Some of the questions that a patient should ask the medical professional are as follows.

1.      What are the specific procedures that I have to undergo?

The patient should ask what type of specific procedure he is going to undertake. Will this be a major operation or just a minor one such as placing orthodontic braces on the teeth? Orthodontic braces are created to align and repair crooked teeth and therefore it is important to know more about this implement before using it.
2.      What kinds of braces are available for me to use?
There is an array of choices when it comes to braces. If you want your braces to the invisible to the naked eye, you can use invisalign braces that this made of transparent material that would not be seen when you smile. In addition to this, you also have to consider the price of the brace itself. Traditional stainless steel metal braces are much cheaper than invisalign or colored braces.
Aside from this, silicone braces are also available but at a much higher price.
3.      How much will it cost?
The financial repercussions are one of the things that you have to consider when deciding to go through such an operation. It is important to be aware of how much money is involved when doing this kind of procedure. This way, you can set aside the budget for getting braces if necessary.
Nevertheless, braces are preventive measures that you can take to keep yourself from undergoing major dental procedures in the future.
4.      How long does the recuperation period take?
This is important to be aware of because it is necessary for the scheduling process in terms of your work and personal affairs. Aside from this, you also have to land how long you are going to suspend the use of your teeth if necessary. It usually takes a few months to a few years before you can regain the full use of your teeth without the braces. It really is dependent upon the cooperation of the patient concerned.
Regular doctor’s appointments are recommended to keep track of your progress in terms of dental reparation.
5.      What are the side effects of using braces?
Like any other procedures, there are possible side effects that you should be aware of before you install braces on your teeth. Given this, though no major side effects can affect your dental functioning if you decide to use orthodontic braces.
You may have initial problems with chewing food and having food particles caught in between your braces. However, proper maintenance of your braces will definitely address this issue.
Initially, there is also a slight amount of pain to be felt when using the braces. Fortunately, this pain is known to wear off eventually once you get used to using the implement. Analgesics are advised to be taken to relieve the patient of the pain.
6.      How frequently should I see the dentist for the check up?
Once a month appointments will suffice as long as you follow the doctor’s instructions religiously.
7.      Does age have any effect on the application of braces on your teeth?
Luckily, age does not have any ill effects on the implementation of braces on a person’s teeth. Both young and old people can have the chance to get braces without any major complications.
These are just some of the questions that are necessary in order to understand and be aware of how orthodontic braces can help one improve his or her dental health. One also has to be aware of how to take care of the braces so that it can be used without damage.

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 06 - March - 2012, at 11:03 AM

  • Nieka, If your concern is only the forward movement of discolored tooth then there is no need to go for braces or invisalign. As for discoloration, the best treatmet is to go for crown and for crown, the tooh has to be reduced and your dentist will take care and reduce the tooth in such a way that after putting crown you discolored tooth will also come in alignment with other teeth. This way you can take care of both thing.

  • nieka

    nieka 06 - March - 2012, at 10:13 AM

  • I broke one of my front tooths years ago and and had it fixed. The tooth is now changing color and my tooth has moved forward a lil more than my other front tooth. I want to move the tooth bac in line with the rest befor I get the discoloration tooken care of. Is it possible to get some type of invisible braces only on the front tooth. The rest of my teeth are in line.

  • dr ritz

    dr ritz 28 - November - 2011, at 00:16 AM

  • Zara, You are supposed to wear retainers after braces. Retainers are given to prevent relapse of dental treatment. Failure of orthodontic treatment will take place if you don’t wear retainers. Start wearing your retainers. Retainers are to be worn for full time initially for 6months and then are to be worn only at night. Duration for which retainers are given varies from case to case. If you find removable retainers uncomfortable, then you can get fixed retainers which are bonded to the back portion of teeth.

  • zara

    zara 26 - November - 2011, at 05:57 AM

  • i have had my metal braces putted off 2 years back..i didnot wear my reatainer properly so my upper 2 teeths are getting their position back.i m worried about that.what can i do to prevent them from getting their previous position back?

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