Do Tight Braces Cause a Change in Vision?

Braces can help you achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve. While they’ve been around for over 100 years, they’ve changed significantly since their inception. Today, braces are no longer as bulky and noticeable as they used to be. Fortunately, they’re far more discreet and comfortable, thanks to technology and innovation.

Types of Braces

Not all braces are created equal. In fact, there are a variety of braces out there. When you think of braces, you likely picture traditional metal braces. They’re popular among children and teens. Metal braces remain in the mouth and consist of wires, which are tied to the braces with elastic ties. In most cases, metal braces must be adjusted every 4 to 8 weeks.

Another popular type of braces in Invisalign. Invisalign aligners are clear and comfortable. Since they’re virtually invisible to the naked eye, they’re more popular among teens and adults. Invisalign can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. As long as the aligners are in the mouth for at least 22 hours per day, they’ll gradually move the teeth into their optimal positions.

There are also ceramic braces, which are made of tooth colored material. While they work just like metal braces, ceramic braces are more discreet. They’re a good alternative to Invisalign for some patients. We can’t forget self ligating braces, which are offered in metal or a clear, ceramic material.

Benefits of Braces

Of course, the most noteworthy benefit of braces is the fact that they straighten the teeth. This leads to better dental health as crooked, crowded teeth make it difficult to brush and floss effectively. This can cause plaque and bacteria build-up, resulting in tooth decay, gum disease, and other complications.

Since braces perfectly align the teeth, they can also prevent bone erosion. In addition, they can make it easier for you to chew and eat food more effectively, promoting proper digestion. Other benefits of braces include increased self confidence and improved overall health.

Side Effects of Braces

While braces offer countless advantages, there are some side effects you may experience when you undergo orthodontic treatment. You might have some trouble chewing, especially after you get your braces tightened. Also, if you’re not used to wearing braces, you might notice a period of pain and discomfort until your mouth gets used to them. Other side effects include irritation, jaw pain, and tooth decay.

If you find that your vision becomes blurred after you receive braces, let Dr. Gladwell know right away as this is not a common side effect. It may be the result of an underlying condition, like TMJ. Just like TMJ can lead to hearing problems, it may also cause vision issues. This is because inflamed nerves behind the nerves are correlated to blurred vision, eye twitching, and light sensitivity.

Contact Gladwell Orthodontics Today

If you’re interested in learning more about braces treatment and how it can improve your smile and confidence, don’t hesitate to contact our office today! We can be reached at 919-453-6325.