It is possible to have braces placed behind your teeth, according to the British Orthodontic Society. These type of braces, known as lingual braces, can only be fitted by orthodontists with special training.Continue Reading
The Consumer Guide to Dentistry explains that lingual braces are custom made from a scan of the teeth and are fitted by an orthodontist who has received special training. As they are custom made, lingual braces may be more expensive than traditional braces.
Treatment with lingual braces may take longer than treatment with traditional braces, but treatment time can be shortened by the use of elastics, explains the British Orthodontic Society. Lingual braces are not suitable for all orthodontic conditions but may be used to treat an overbite, crowded or widely spaced teeth, and crooked teeth, according to the Consumer Guide to Dentistry.Learn more about Dental
Oral B states that getting braces does not hurt, but the process can create soreness in the mouth and teeth that can persist for up to a week. To mediate soreness, braces wearers can eat soft foods and use over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.Full Answer >
Colleen Cancio explains on HowStuffWorks that a person can straighten his teeth without braces by using aligners, retainers, contouring or veneers. Clear, plastic removable aligners are the most popular alternatives to braces.Full Answer >
A power chain for braces is a row of connected rubber O-rings, resembling a chain, that pulls the teeth closer together, states Paul S. Burkey, DDS. Each ring encircles one bracket of the braces, creating tension in the chain. The teeth move along the archwire, reducing the spaces between them.Full Answer >
Spacers tend to hurt more than the actual braces because spacers are placed in between the teeth to make room for the metal rings, which are attached to the teeth. The pain of having spacers placed lasts for a couple of days.Full Answer >