A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Braces
I had a question the other day about braces.
If you have crooked teeth, an underbite or an overbite, braces can help straighten your teeth.
Braces work by applying continuous pressure over a period of time to slowly move your teeth in a specific direction.
As your teeth move, the bone changes shape as pressure is applied.
Braces are made up of the following components.
>Brackets are the small squares that are bonded directly to the front of each tooth.
>Orthodontic bands are cemented to your teeth and wrap around each tooth to provide an anchor for the brackets.
>Spacers are separators that fit between your teeth to create a small space before orthodontic bands are placed.
>Arch wires attach to the brackets and act as tracks to guide the movement of your teeth.
>Ties are small rubber rings or fine wires that fasten the arch wire to the brackets.
>A buccal tube on the band of the last tooth holds the end of the arch wire in place.
>Tiny elastic rubber bands hold the arch wires to the brackets.
>Springs may be placed on the arch wires between brackets to push, pull, open, or close the spaces between teeth.
>Two bands on your upper teeth may have headgear tubes on them to hold the facebow of headgear in place.
>Elastics or rubber bands attach to hooks on brackets and are worn between your upper and lower teeth; they apply pressure to move your upper teeth against your lower teeth.
>Facebow headgear is the wire gadget that’s used to move the upper molars back in your mouth to correct bite discrepancies and also to create room for crowded teeth.
The time required for braces varies from person to person, depending on the severity of the problem, the amount of room available, the distance the teeth must travel, the health of the teeth, gums, and supporting bone, and how closely you follow instructions.
On average, however, once the braces are put on, they usually remain in place for 1-3 years.
After braces are removed, most people will need to wear a retainer all the time for the first 6 months, then only during sleep for many years.
Your orthodontist will want to see you about every month or so in order to make sure the braces are exerting steady pressure on your teeth.
To create more tension and pressure on your teeth, the orthodontist will make adjustments in the wires, springs, or rubber bands of the braces.
Some of the adjustments your orthodontist may make to your braces may make your mouth feel sore or uncomfortable.
To deal with braces, it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies daily.
*Increase your raw food consumption.
*Choose organic whenever possible.
*Increase essential fats (Omega-3, Flax oil, fish oil).
*Get proper dental care, including cleaning.
*Use Dentrifice toothpaste.
*Explore the use of Arnica, a homeopathic remedy, for dental procedures.
*Decrease or eliminate toxic dental care products, like whiteners, mouthwash, etc.
*Decrease or eliminate sugars, hard or sticky candy, etc.
*Research both sides of the fluoride issue.
*Decrease or eliminate acid-forming foods and drinks (coffee, soda pop, dairy, red meat, sugar, processed foods, white flour products).
*Decrease exposure to toxic products (cleaners, laundry, personal care, etc.)
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