Braces have become a very common type of orthodontic treatment – and are generally regarded as safe. However that does not mean that there are no risks whatsoever, and honestly speaking there are a few potential issues and complications that may arise.
On your part it is good to know the risks that are involved. That way you’ll understand what you’re getting into, and will be able to identify any problems that crop up.
- Toothaches and slight discomfort
Typically you may feel a bit of a toothache and some other mild discomfort when you first get braces. In most cases it is because your teeth are slowly moving, and you have yet to get used to the braces.
If it is mild you don’t really have to worry about it and can handle it with over the counter pain relief. However if it becomes more intense or doesn’t eventually subside, you should go for a checkup.
- Soft tissue injuries such as scratches or ulcers
Another common problem when you first get braces would be soft tissue injuries on your inner cheeks, lips, and gums. The braces and wires may come into contact with these areas and cause scratches or ulcers.
The best way to avoid this problem is by using orthodontic wax until you’re more used to the braces.
- Enamel demilitarization
One of the most common risks when you wear braces is that the enamel will begin to wear away. It is normally because food particles (especially sugar) get trapped near your braces, and the acid that is produced erodes the enamel.
Proper oral hygiene is key to avoid this risk. On top of that you should make it a point to go for regular checkups so that any early signs can be identified before cavities or other issues surface.
- Allergic reactions
Although rare, some patients actually have allergic reactions to braces. More specifically their reaction is normally due to the rubber in the elastic bands, or the nickel in the metal that is used. If you have an allergy to either, you should talk to your orthodontist about it.
- Shorter root lengths
As your teeth are straightened and move into place, some of the bone in the path of your teeth will be replaced. That can make the roots of your teeth shorter, and in the long term may affect its stability.
The risk of root shortening varies from person to person, but the longer you wear braces the greater it is. It may help to talk to the orthodontist who is handling your teeth straightening Birmingham to ensure the treatment duration is as short as possible.
As you can see most of the risks involved in getting braces are not that serious, or are really very rare. Suffice to say you shouldn’t choose to not get braces because of them. Instead, all you need to do is be aware that there is a chance of some issues and complications – and handle them if they do happen to crop up.