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Braces In-Depth

Guelph, ON girl smiling with her new braces she received from her dentist.We see braces worn by different people from all walks of life. Even celebrities promote and wear them. Braces are used to help straighten the teeth and fix the bite and teeth misalignment. At the same time, they also help improve the appearance and self-confidence of a person. If you are interested in undergoing this procedure, we at Bisson Dentistry offer this dental service at a very reasonable price. We want to see our patients happy, so we make sure that they are satisfied with the results.

Different Types of Braces

Many people do not know that braces have been with us for quite a long time. Braces have a rich history dating back to 30 to 400 BC. There is also evidence that during ancient times, materials that serve as dental appliances were also used in mummies and the dead.

The dawn of modern orthodontics started when French dentist Pierre Fauchard first invented a device used to straighten teeth and wrote a book about it. As years passed, it was gradually developed to improve quality and enhance it aesthetically. Now, we have different types of braces that we can use today. Thankfully, they are much different from the original braces first worn in olden days.

We, at Bisson Dentistry, can assist you with your dental braces needs. We have an expert team that is trained professionally to handle different types of dental cases. We also make use of state of the art dental equipment that helps produce quality results.

The perfect set of teeth is truly an asset. If you decide to have yours fixed, we are glad to assist you with that. There are various types of braces that are available today. However, it is best to undergo an assessment with our qualified dentists to help identify which is best for your teeth. To give a general idea, we will discuss the different types of dental braces and their unique properties.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are the most common braces used today. These are made of stainless steel with metal brackets that are attached to the teeth. To link the brackets, an archwire is used. This also adds pressure, which causes the teeth to move to their proper alignment. These types of braces are considered the cheapest but are a very effective type of braces.

Ceramic Braces

Another type is the ceramic braces. The brackets of this brace are made of ceramic material which is transparent or clear. These types of braces are less noticeable because of its transparent nature. This is best for people who feel uncomfortable with other types of braces that are very visible. However, these types of braces may result in discoloration of elastics, leading to unpleasant marks on the teeth. Ceramic braces are also very effective but may cost more than the metal alternative.

Lingual Braces

These types of braces use materials similar to traditional braces, but the only difference is that the wires and brackets are on the hidden side of the teeth. The person with these types of braces will surely appreciate that they art almost invisible.


This consists of clear plastic aligners tailored to the teeth of the client. It looks a lot like a mouthguard and can be removed anytime. Some clients who went through other forms of dental braces such as traditional braces are recommended to use aligners to maintain best results.

Dental Brace Procedure

Before the braces are attached, assessment and a series of tests might be requested. This is to make sure that we have a clear picture of your teeth, jawbone, and the underlying structures necessary for the procedure. You will be asked a few questions, and you have to provide honest answers as this may be essential to the treatment.

The application of braces usually takes one to two hours. The first thing that we do is clean your teeth and remove any debris that might interfere with the procedure. Then the brackets are attached to the teeth using cement or bonding glue. Then the archwire is carefully inserted. The procedure is very easy and takes only a few hours to complete.

Braces work with the help of force to slowly fix the alignment of the teeth. This procedure makes use of a system of wires and brackets that are attached to the teeth. The brackets are pulled or pushed to initiate the adjustment desired in a very slow manner. Because of the constant pressure, it may cause sensitivity and pain. However, this goes away as your tooth becomes more comfortable with the adjustments. You may notice changes in the alignment of your teeth after three weeks.

Once we have securely placed the braces, you will have to visit us regularly for an adjustment. This will also help us check if the braces are properly in place, and see if there are any other issues that need to be addressed. This will also help us know if the adjustment is taking effect or not.

Common Dental Cases That Require Braces

There are different reasons why people decide to wear braces. While some people have that perfect smile with little or no effort, others have teeth issues that need to be fixed. Having well-aligned teeth has its advantages. It improves the appearance of the teeth and boosts oral health. Here are some cases where using a brace may be needed.

Crowded Teeth

This is common not only in adults but also in children. In this condition, there could be an extra tooth or the teeth that are larger than the size of the jaw, causing it to be crowded. Because of overcrowding the teeth can misalign and become jammed. Moreover, if the tooth is still growing, it will not be able to grow in its proper position. Crowding can also lead to other dental problems such as caries and gum infection.


Excessive gaps and spaces in between teeth can be unsightly. This may be caused by a large jaw or missing teeth. This can be easily fixed by our professionals, just drop us a call or visit our website to set an appointment.


This condition happens when the upper and lower teeth do not touch each other or overlap when the mouth is closed. It can be caused by habits such as thumb sucking, sucking on the lower lips, tongue thrusting and forward posture of the tongue.

Overbite and Crossbite

Overbite is the condition when the upper jaw overlaps the lower jaw, resulting in improper closure when the mouth is closed. A crossbite is the opposite of overbite, where the lower jaw overlaps the upper jaw. Any misalignment can lead to other dental health problems. It is important that as early as childhood, teeth should be assessed in our clinic. Then issues may be easier to fix, and the alignment procedure may last for a shorter duration of time.

Dental Conditions Not Qualified for Dental Braces

If there are cases that require the use of braces, and there are also conditions that are not recommended for braces. Even if you have bite problems and teeth misalignment, if you also have these issues, braces are not the best option for you. Here are some issues that are not qualified for dental braces:

Severe Cases of Gum Recession

With this type of condition, the gums recede. This can lead to infection and weakening of the teeth. With weak teeth and gums, it is not advisable to push or pull the teeth to fix its alignment. Having this severe gum condition is difficult enough to treat. Luckily, our team of dental experts can provide professional advice and treatment regarding this condition.

Jawbone Loss

If you have bone loss in the jaw area, braces are not recommended for you. Bone loss may result from bacterial infections and Periodontitis. It can also occur if there is a tooth lost and it was not replaced right away.

Weak Bones

In the application of braces, it is important that you have strong bones. This will avoid problems and injuries. So for those with weak bones, this is not the best procedure for them. Application of braces involves force and pressure on the teeth, but if the jawbone is weak, this could lead to serious problems. However, there are other alternatives to braces. If you want to achieve that dream smile, contact us for other options.

Proper Care of Your Braces

Your braces are your investment. This is why you need to care for it properly. If you do so, it will help you achieve a beautiful smile and well-aligned teeth without any problems.

To care for your braces, it requires extra effort on your part. Regular brushing and flossing are advised to remove foodstuff that may get stuck in between teeth and eventually lead to decay. Also, brushing should be soft and gentle to avoid damaging the braces and triggering sensitivity. You can look for a toothbrush with soft bristles, or you can inquire at our office about products that you can use when brushing your teeth.

Eating is a little challenging when you have braces. After placing your braces, we will provide a list of foods that you can eat and also have to avoid. Sticky, hard foods and food with small pieces should be avoided. Also, if you are fond of biting stuff such as your nails or pencil tip, you should avoid this because it can damage the braces.

In some cases, a mouthguard should be used to protect your braces. Especially for kids or individuals who are into extreme sports. You can get a mouthguard at our clinic. We personalize mouthguards, and you can choose from a variety of options for a reasonable price.

If there are any loose wires or something gets detached from your braces, it is best to visit us right away. This will avoid further damage to your mouth and teeth. Also, make sure that there are no materials in your mouth that are dislodged because this can be a choking hazard.

Benefits of Braces

People undergo this procedure for various reasons. One of its main benefits is to improve quality of life. With crooked and misaligned teeth, infections may easily arise. It can also affect the self-confidence of a person. With a well-aligned set of teeth, you can smile comfortably. No more awkward moment.

Having healthy teeth is an essential benefit of braces. With misaligned teeth and irregular bites, teeth are prone to damage from impact and stress. Teeth that are improperly aligned can also wear and tear faster, due to the uneven impact and pressure.

Another benefit of braces is improved bite and chewing. If you have problems with your eating, this can result in digestive problems. Having braces can help fix this and relieve the discomfort when eating.

By visiting us, you are doing yourself a favor. This is one of the best ways to avoid damaging your teeth while having the smile that you always wanted. We have very accommodating and professional staff that can assist you towards your transformation to a better and happier you.

Side Effects of Braces

Since there will be a foreign device attached to your teeth, it will surely feel uncomfortable. In the beginning, some experience headaches and pain. Fortunately, it can be easily relieved by taking pain medications. However, if it becomes worse and unmanageable, do not hesitate to visit us and have it checked.

The braces can also irritate as they rub within the insides of the mouth and causes friction on the soft tissue. This can lead to sores and redness. This can be easily managed using orthodontic wax. Simply apply the wax on the part that is irritating. If the braces or its parts are causing pain due to sharpness, do not hesitate to visit us. We will be more than happy to assist you.

With your braces on, there will be regular sessions of adjustments. This causes pulling or pushing on your teeth that is directly connected to your jawbone. Because of the pressure, this can result in pain in your jaw. This can be reduced by taking pain medications. If the symptoms persist, it is best to have it checked.

Dental braces can help improve life in so many ways. They not only help you achieve a better-looking smile but also perks up your overall oral health. For your dental braces and other dental needs, contact us now at Bisson Dentistry. Let us know how we can help by calling (226) 299-0713 today.







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