Orthodontic Bite Turbos

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Orthodontic Bite Turbos

As we all want to have perfectly straight teeth, more and more of us are visiting the orthodontist to find out what can be done and to learn about the sort of treatment that your dentist or an orthodontist can provide. Braces are easy to obtain and sometimes that you will even be able to get the treatment paid for by your insurance company but unfortunately that will not always be the case.

If you find that you need bite blocks, it is very likely that it is going to be medical treatment that you are undergoing, but still check first. The idea of braces is to straighten the teeth and not cause any damage to them, but there are times when there is a risk of this happening. Orthodontists have plenty of ways to stop teeth being damaged or injured. Whatever happens or appears to go wrong, they will have a way to sort it out. Orthodontists use a lot of equipment and at times there are items that have the same name and while they play an important role, are not interchangeable. Bite blocks are used for a couple of different reasons.

Safety Reasons

When x-rays are being taken, it is important that the mouth is open enough, and some patients find it difficult to keep it open. To make this an easier process, a bite block can be used, and this will be more comfortable for everyone. Sometimes they have to be used during a surgery and here they stay in the mouth longer.

Uses of the Bite Blocks (Bite Turbos) in orthodontics

They are smaller and more comfortable. They look like small bumps that are glued to the teeth.  They are used when there is the risk of one set of teeth biting the brace on the other set. This is either going to damage the brace or the teeth, and whichever it is, it can be painful, costly and extend the amount of time you will have to wear the braces, and no-one wants that to happen.

Bite blocks will be able to open up the bite and allow the teeth to line up more quickly than they would without them there. It could take you about a week to get used to having them there, but there are ways you can make it less of an ordeal. You can:

  • Eat slowly
  • Cut up food into small pieces
  • Choose food carefully and only eat soft food that will not damage the braces.

You will notice that they wear down over a period of time, and once they are ready to come out, it is not going to be a problem at all. There are blue and white ones, so you get the choice of whether you flaunt them or hide them from others.

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