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Why People Today Need Dental Braces

Jun 22, 2008
Root Resorption is the breakdown of the root structure of the tooth. A subsequent loss of the structure follows because that part of the tooth is being attacked by living body cells. After it extends to the whole tooth structure, it is then called tooth resorption.

The normal causes of root resorption include the wearing of braces. The roots experience this because they were moved at too fast a speed and at too little a time span while the patient was wearing braces.

Other aetiological factors are reimplantation, trauma, pressure from adjacent unerupted teeth, and tumors both odontogenic and non-odontogenic.

When it's time for your braces to come off, the next step is to wear retainers for several months. This is so your teeth stay in the same position they were at the day your braces were removed. The most common type of retainer is called the Hawley Retainer. It is essentially a metal wire anchored on molded acrylic specially designed to fit on your palate or the bottom of your mouth. The metal wire surrounds your teeth and keeps them in place.

During the first few days of using a Hawley retainer, you might experience more saliva in your mouth than usual. This is normal because the presence of a foreign object in your mouth stimulates your saliva glands. It might also be difficult to speak and eat once you start wearing your retainer but this will go away as you get used to your retainer.

Though a lot of people might panic at the sound of root resorption (after all? Who wouldn't?), it's actually treatable by regular oral hygiene and visits to the dentists for further instructions. Root resorption is actually much more common than everyday people realize. With trends in orthopedic procedures going on, it's not surprising that a lot of people experience root resorption.

To overcome this, dentists monitor the progress of the resorption through x-rays. Everyday oral hygiene should be observed, ie. brushing your tooth, flossing, etc. Care should be taken not to exert pressure on the gums as this will only cause more trauma on the roots.

When your child's adult teeth have all grown in, this is the perfect time to take him or her to the orthodontist to see if he or she will need braces. Typically, braces for children cost between $1,800 to $3,200, depending on what kind of orthodontic treatment your child will need. Invisible type braces like Invisalign will cost more.

The biggest worry children have about braces is that it might hurt, but most children report little or no pain. The initial banding and tightening of the braces might be uncomfortable, but the pain is short-lived and should never be the reason to end the treatment before its due time. The average time children wear braces is about 24 months, but this varies from person to person.

For patients who have overbites that cannot be remedied using braces and elastics, orthodontists recommend that they wear headgear braces. The headgear works to prevent the growth of the upper jaw as it waits for the lower jaw to catch up. In most cases, a combination treatment is done, with the use of headgear and rubber bands to correct the overbite. It can be worn during the day or while sleeping, depending on the case.

Headgear is usually prescribed for children and teenagers, because their sudden growth spurts is ideal for correcting overbites. Older patients with overbite should opt for surgery; since their jaws are no longer growing, using headgear to correct the condition will be ineffective. Surgery should only be a last resort treatment for patients at a young age.
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Jon Caldwell is a professional content manager. Much of his articles can be found at http://dentalbraceguide.com
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