For many people in Denver who are considering life with braces, there is a concern that braces will hurt their teeth. While the discomfort of braces varies from person to person, there are many ways to find relief, from pain relief medications, to orthodontic wax. The more serious concern for many is the potential for permanent damage to the teeth and the enamel. As with every health concern, the internet is filled with horror stories that make it seem that this is a common and serious issue. In reality, it is rare that braces cause damage, and there are many ways to prevent it.
The primary cause of tooth damage when braces are used is due to poor oral hygiene. Without braces, our teeth naturally shed debris from food and beverages to a large degree. We all know the importance of brushing and flossing, especially before bed, to make sure acidic foods and sugars don’t create a welcoming environment for harmful bacteria. When you have braces, there is additional surface and plenty of nooks and crannies where those bacteria can linger. So it is extra important to practice careful and conscientious oral hygiene habits to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
While there is a chance of damage due to removing the brackets when treatment is complete, this is a very rare occurrence. When it does occur, it is the result of decalcification caused by inadequate hygiene that allows for bacteria and acidity to build up behind the brackets and attack the enamel. Fortunately, even if damage does occur, there are excellent cosmetic dentistry options to restore or even improve the appearance of the teeth, such as teeth bonding or porcelain veneers.
If you’re ready to explore your options for braces in Denver, contact Cherry Creek Smiles today at 303-331-0222 to schedule an appointment.