The word dentistry immediately calls to mind many mental images for people: sitting in a brightly lit room, the sound of a dental instrument drilling away at a cavity, and braces. Dental brace technology and implementation has evolved exponentially over the past two decades as cosmetic dentistry has become a much more significant topic across the world. The primary function of dental braces in cosmetic dentistry is to correct misaligned teeth and crooked teeth which can be both unsightly and cause unwanted oral health issues if not treated for a long time. Under and overbites can be corrected via braces as well as irregular alignment of the teeth between the palate and the gums, which is known as ‘malocclusion’.
Although braces are extremely prevalent in modern cosmetic dentistry and provide a solution to many oral maladies there are some risks associated with dental braces. One of the most common issues with braces is that plaque can form in a much more sustainable fashion upon the teeth when braces are present because of the decreases surface areas over individual teeth. Although this issue is easily treated by proper dental hygiene if a person wearing braces lacks on flossing and brushing for even a short amount of time staining can occur. Other minor risks are involved with orthodontic braces such as temporary mouth sores and wire displacement but these matters are readily dismissed by simple solutions. If mouth sores occur due to the presence of braces the action of chewing a bit of sugar free gum can numb the pain and promote healing of the sore. Wire displacement in cosmetic dentistry is rare but when it does happen a quick visit to the dentist (and sometimes a friend with a flashlight and a pen) can allay the problem.
However, it should be understood that the risks associated with cosmetic dentistry braces are far outweighed by the health and beautifying benefits. A broken smile can have a definite impact upon one’s life while a bright smile will enhance their life.