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Train Tack Braces – 9 Questions Answered

Train Tack Braces - 9 Questions Answered

As more and more people are becoming conscious of their appearance, the demand for orthodontic treatment has increased significantly over the years. Even with advancements in dental technology and the introduction of newer orthodontic treatment options, teeth braces continue to be among the most reliable, efficient and cost-effective options for straightening crooked and misalignment teeth. If you are thinking of getting your teeth aligned with braces and have questions about this treatment option, this article is for you. Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about train track braces. 

How Does Tooth Braces Work?

Dental braces are metallic appliances that are bonded to the outer surface of the teeth. Each tooth bracket contains a slot through which an orthodontic wire passes and connects the brackets. The orthodontic wire plays a vital role in moving and realigning your teeth. Your dentist will adjust the tension in the orthodontic wire to exert pressure and move your teeth towards the desired position. Initially, your orthodontist will use a thin wire to generate mild forces. Once your teeth start driving, they will increase the force to accelerate the realignment process. 

Should Crooked Teeth Be Straightened?

Yes, crooked teeth should also be straightened, as they not only cause cosmetic concerns but may also lead to dental problems due to plaque and tartar deposition. If you have one or more crooked or chipped teeth causing alignment problems, your dentist may fix them without orthodontic treatment, using veneers, crowns or tooth-coloured fillings. Besides, dentists do not proceed with orthodontic treatment unless all the underlying problems have been treated. 

Is 60+ Too Old To Have My Teeth Straightened?

When it comes to orthodontic treatment, we are never too old. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, whether you are 8 or 80,  you can still get your teeth straightened with braces. This is because the underlying principle of tooth straightening for individuals of all ages is the same. However, due to the difference in the density and flexibility of the jawbone, the treatment time for older patients is slightly longer than the younger ones. 

What Do Braces On Your Teeth Feel Like?

Wearing braces for the first time can be an altogether new experience. Initially, you may feel that something additional has been placed inside your mouth. During the initial few days, the sharp edges of your metal brackets may injure your cheeks and may cause significant pain. They will also make it difficult for you to eat and speak normally. However, there is no need to worry; soon, your teeth mouth will become accustomed to the “new guest”, and your invisible or ceramic braces will virtually become a part of your oral cavity.  

Can Overlapping Teeth Be Straightened?

Whether they are traditional metal braces or invisible braces, fixed braces can treat a wide variety of orthodontic problems – from teeth gaps to crossbites and crowding. Traditional metal braces can fix overlapping teeth by individually moving them to their optimal positions. In most cases, the underlying cause of overlapping teeth is the shortage of space. Therefore, your dentist may extract one or two teeth from both sides to create space so that the remaining teeth can be optimally realigned. 

Is It Common To Have Braces In The U.K.?

Braces are one of the most commonly sought orthodontic treatments in the UK. The demand for braces is still increasing in the UK, even during the pandemic. According to the British Orthodontic Society, over three-quarters of UK dentists have experienced adult patients – aged between 26 and 55 – seeking orthodontic treatment in the last year. Furthermore, with people becoming more conscious of their looks on zoom calls and online meetings, the National media reports a surge in patients who wish to get picture-perfect smiles with different orthodontic treatment options like lingual braces, ceramic braces and self-ligating braces. 

How Long Does It Take To Get Braces Put On?

Having your braces fitted on your teeth will not take long. First, your dentist will clean your teeth and dry them. Afterwards, they will apply an etchant over it to make the tooth surface porous. Next, they will bond the brackets to the teeth using a bonding agent. This entire can be completed in a single sitting and may take anywhere between 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the braces used. 

Is Having Crooked Teeth Genetic/Hereditary?

Tooth alignment can occur due to a variety of reasons, such as:

  • parafunctional dental habits like thumb sucking and tongue thrust
  • Extra teeth 
  • Impacted or abnormally located teeth 
  • Misalignment caused by jaw fractures 
  • Misalignment caused by oral tumours

According to the US National Library of Medicine, genetics is one of the most common causes of tooth misalignment. 

Alternatives To Train Track Braces

Gone are the days when train track braces were the only option for straightening misaligned teeth. Today, you chose from a variety of different orthodontic options such as:

  • Clear aligners or Invisalign 
  • Invisible or lingual braces 
  • Tooth-coloured ceramic braces
  • Removable braces 
  • Self-ligating braces 

If you are concerned about your misaligned teeth and you’re looking to get your teeth straightened with braces in Leicester, then you should consider Glen Dental. Our focus is to ensure that our esteemed patients enjoy excellent oral and physical health while boasting beautiful, healthy and lasting smiles. Whether you need braces or tooth-coloured fillings, the dental team and Glen Dental is there to serve you. So, book a free consultation appointment today and begin your journey towards your dream smile!  

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