Crooked teeth is a big problem in our country. A recent survey found that about 35 to 50 percent of children require orthodontics treatment of some form to fix their teeth, and close to 45 percent of children need braces to fix obvious dental problems. However, a small percentage of these children, or even adults, get the dental healthcare they need.

Especially in the case of braces, more often than not, people opt out due to the stigma attached to braces. They don’t like the look and feel of the braces. Parents usually have a hard time convincing kids to get braces since they don’t like the metal wires showing up.

This leads to a huge number of people leaving their crooked teeth unattended. What most people don’t realize is that this is a huge mistake. Untreated, crooked teeth can lead to serious complications. It can cause problems such as –

  • Crooked teeth make it harder to clean the teeth and surrounding area. This leads to plaque buildup and eventually causes tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Crooked teeth can also interfere in your chewing habit and cause jaw pain.
  • Crooked teeth also cause a loss of self-confidence and impair a person’s ability to function.

Hence, it is important to get your teeth treated at the earliest possible stage.

Braces are used to straighten crooked teeth and to correct the bite of a person as well. We at Cheema Dental have decades of experience in treating crooked teeth with braces. We have successfully completed braces treatment for thousands of patients over the year.

Braces are a wonderful treatment option, especially for children since they are a permanent treatment method. They are cemented and will not move till the treatment is over. There is no worry about removing them or losing them. Our pediatric dentist will be delighted to talk to your child and explain how to take care of the braces for the duration of the treatment.

We offer a wide variety of braces, such as ones made from wire, ceramic, and even clear ones. Our dentists will be happy to guide you in choosing the best option for your teeth.

There are certain challenges that one might face with braces, like problems in cleaning and flossing or a little soreness due to the wires; however, once you get used to it, it doesn’t interfere with your daily activities.

If you are looking for a professional, experienced local dentist near you then walk into one of our several locations in Northern California. We would be happy to review your case and offer a consultation to help you get started. We are also available on call to answer any questions you may have!

Emergency Tips

Braces Dental wax for braces

Break a small amount of wax (approximately the size of a pea or bean) from the stick and roll it in your fingers to warm and soften it. Then firmly press the softened wax against the area of the braces that is protruding or broken. Once placed, it will cover sharp edges and stabilize loose pieces of wire or bracket.

Loose Bracket Or Band

  • If your bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it in place and put wax on it.
  • If the bracket comes off entirely, place the bracket in an envelope and bring it to your next appointment. The bracket will be reattached at your next regular visit.

Poking Wire Or Elastic Hook

  • Use a Q-tip or pencil eraser to push the wire flat against the tooth.
  • If still bothersome, use wax on the offending wire.

Coil Spring Off

Save spring and inform your orthodontist. We will let you know if you need to be seen sooner or if the spring can be reinserted at the next regular visit.

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