With any sort of medical or dental treatment, there is always some sort of risk. Nothing in the health industry is 100% guaranteed because every person is different and a unique case. This article will look at the various risks that are associated with braces and orthodontic treatments in general.
When you get braces, they all have the same goal. That goal is to fix your bite and align your teeth properly. Every patient is different and there are some limitations on how much the treatment can fix your teeth depending on your case. The form in which your jaw grows/grew in can limit how much your bite can be fixed. These can be factors that are out of your orthodontist’s control. The end result also depends on how well the patient (you) follows their orthodontist’s orders and advice.
On average, your brackets will be on for two years. Could be more, could be less, it really depends on various factors. By cooperating and getting treated early on, the treatment time might be less than two years. As you progress with the brackets goe, things might change and your teeth might move quicker or slower than expected. There is no way for your orthodontist to know this prior to beginning your treatment.
Once your brackets are taken off, your teeth will be at a great risk of shifting back to their previous positions. this means that all the hard work you put and money invested, has been wasted. This is a massive risk that can be avoided by you wearing your retainer as often as your orthodontist suggests that you do.
Resorption Of Roots
While you have the brackets on, the roots of your teeth can become shorter unfortunately. This doesn’t occur too often and is a rare case. When your root shortens, it can affect the health of your teeth. Scientists do not yet know why the root shortens.
Cavity Formation & Tooth Decalcification
When you have braces on, you won’t be able to brush your teeth as comfortably as before. There will be hard to reach areas and spot. This can increase the risk of decalcification and cavity formation because of plaque and bacterial growth. That’s why it’s important to floss and brush your teeth several times a day to reduce these risks.
The risk of periodontal disease is associated with braces. This is because while you have brackets on, not only are your teeth affected, but also the tissue and bone around each tooth. If you have periodontal disease, then this treatment might not be for you. Overall, talking to professionals will help reduce the risks.