If you have ever worn braces, you may have heard about power chain braces. Usually, it is your orthodontist who provides you with certain options when he decides that you need to use braces. In recent times, power chain braces have become quite popular because of their specific utility and great results.
What are power chain braces?
A power chain brace is an O-shaped elastic ligature that is connected together, forming a continuous band, in order to provide support to your teeth. Some dental professionals prefer to use ligatures along with power chain braces, while others recommend using the braces without any kind of strings.
The brace is used to correct a wide variety of dental problems like gaps in between teeth, misaligned teeth, and crooked teeth. They apply an added pressure to the teeth, thus aiding the process and solving the issue over a period of time.
Who needs them?
Age and sex are not contraindications for using power chain braces. Irrespective of whether you are male or female, old or young, you can use these braces to correct crooked or misaligned teeth with unsightly gaps in between them. Orthodontists frequently recommend power chain braces for teenagers, although C braces are more popular in correcting dental issues in adults.
Oral problems can be a significant cause of social anxiety and low confidence. After all, we often tend to judge people based on their smile. Have you seen actors who do not have perfectly shaped white teeth?
Having said that, there is no shame in having slightly misaligned teeth or crooked teeth. However, you should not be the final judge and executioner for matters of dental health (unless you are a professional). If you feel you have a problem with the alignment of your teeth, do not hesitate to consult an orthodontist. Sometimes we exaggerate issues of health and aesthetics in our heads. A dentist can help you to determine whether you need power chain braces for your perceived situation.
Types of power chain braces
When you first consult an orthodontist regarding an issue of misaligned teeth, you will be surprised to find out about the diverse varieties of power chain braces available on the market. While choosing the color and brand may be up to you, the final saying about the shape will certainly be up to your dentist. Any braces need to be custom fitted based on your specific condition.
Usually, O-shaped braces are applied on adolescents, and C-shaped ones are recommended for adults and seniors. If you are not comfortable with the shape and structure of your brace, feel free to bring that to your orthodontist’s notice.
Power chain braces come in several colors including red, blue, silver, coffee, tea, and black. It has been found that smoke and silver colored braces look the best, closely followed by the blue ones, but the latter tend to fade down with a repeated brushing of teeth.
What are power chain braces used for?
The primary function of the braces is to minimize the gaps between your teeth. They also assist in straightening crooked teeth and in correcting bite abnormalities. Power chain braces may be utilized with other braces like brackets, hooks, and archwires for an extra force to move the teeth.
Gaps between teeth not only look bad but also pose certain health risks. Injury to gums while chewing hard food, accumulation of food in the gaps and subsequent dental infections are issues that should not be neglected. The use of power chain braces not only reduces the risks associated with dental abnormalities but also helps in gaining self-esteem back.
Do they hurt?
On application, the braces may initially cause a bit of discomfort and pain. For the first few days, you will have to restrict your diet mostly to soft foods and soups. The pain occurs because the chain pulls your teeth together and closes the gaps. It subsides after a few days (usually within a week), and once that happens, you may resort back to your normal diet.
How to control the braces pain?
Your orthodontist will likely recommend soft food and certain measures to control brace pain. If you are not feeling comfortable with your new braces, here are a few technique you can try.
- Consume cold and frozen meals. Cold food numbs the gums and buccal mucosa, thereby relieving pain temporarily.
- Use orthodontist wax to prevent the braces from irritating your gums or rubbing against lips and cheeks.
- Massage your gums gently with fingers from time to time.
- Rinse your mouth with salt water. This quickens the healing of sores caused by the braces.
- Take painkillers like ibuprofen only when the pain becomes unbearable. Always consult a doctor before you prescribe painkillers for yourself.
How to maintain power chain braces?
Applying the braces is but the first step towards achieving your desired results. Unless you take proper care of your braces and maintain everyday oral hygiene, you are not going to achieve your treatment goals.
Brushing at least twice a day for at least two minutes is a must along with regular flossing of every tooth and between the brackets. There are special floss threaders available in the market for people with braces.
Make sure that you do not damage or break your braces. If you are a sportsperson, ask your doctor to prescribe a proper mouthguard to protect your braces. If you feel something is wrong with your braces, contact your orthodontist at the earliest. Adjusting your braces by yourself may compromise your long-term treatment goals.
How long before you see results
This depends on certain factors. Usually, the braces are taken off after 5-6 weeks. Some people may get theirs off within two weeks, while others may have to continue using them for months.
Regular evaluation of your progress by your orthodontist is required in order to determine whether you have completed your treatment. You may feel a slight pain once the braces are removed, but that should recede within a few days.
Power chain braces have several health and social benefits. They can correct dental abnormalities, improve oral hygiene, and give you the perfect smile. The braces come in different colors, and some of them look stylish, indeed! If you have ever used power chain braces, do share your experience with us.
Author: Peter Mayhew
Peter is a dental hygienist in the city of Chicago, IL. In his free time he likes to write blogs and product reviews on anything dental health related.