Power Chain Braces – Maybe most of us already know what braces are. Yes, braces are an orthodontic device mounted on the teeth with the aim of smoothing the teeth. However, there are still many people who do not know the parts of the braces themselves where each part has its own function.
A set of braces consists of many components, among others bracket, archwire, hooks, power chain, and so on. Each of these components has a different function and is a unit in a brace to smooth the patient’s teeth. Well, this time we will discuss a little further about the power chain which is one of the important components of braces.
What is Power Chain?
Power chain is also known as the elastomeric chain. However, one thing you need to know is that there is also a braces component called elastomeric ring. Although it has a similar name, both are different components. Elastomeric ring, also known as O ring is a rubber that holds archwire in the slot bracket. While the elastomeric chain or power chain is a set of elastomeric rings that become one.
Power Chain Function
The function of the power chain itself is to hold the braces to stay in place. In addition, the power chain also has a function that cannot be covered by o ring or elastomeric ring, which is for the process of pulling teeth or also closing the tooth gap.
The Types of Power Chain
The types of power chains braces themselves are determined by the size or distance between the chain circles. There are at least 3 types of power chains commonly used in orthodontics,
- Long power chain
This type is the longest power chain between the circles. The distance between the links from each center point is about 4 millimeters.
- Short Power chain
The following types of power chains have shorter distances between circles. Each circle is about 3.5 millimeters, drawn from its midpoint.
- Closed power chain
The last type of power chain is closed power chain, where each circle is not spaced. In short, each chain circle intersects each other. However, if the line is drawn from the center point of one circle to the center of another circle, the distance is only about 2.3 millimeters.
The use of the power chain itself will be determined by the dentist who handles the treatment. The dentist will know what type of power chain the patient needs, depending on the condition of the patient’s own teeth. In addition, power chain braces also have several color choices and there are also transparent ones.
Use of Power Chain
In practice, patients often ask for a power chain to be attached to their braces to make it look more fashionable. But apparently, this power chain is not a tool for just style.
The dentist will certainly pair the power chain on the patient’s braces if indeed the patient’s dental condition requires the installation of a power chain. Meanwhile, if the patient’s dental condition does not require the installation of a power chain, the dentist will not install it. If the patient insists on installing a power chain even though the condition does not need a power chain, it will actually worsen the patient’s dental condition.
Risk of Unnecessary Power Chains Installation
Power chains that are installed improperly will certainly pose a risk. One of the worst risks is unwanted gear shifts. This can cause the teeth to become even tidy.
In addition, installing unnecessary power chains can also cause pain and discomfort. This is because the power chain’s attractiveness is strong enough to cause teeth to feel pain.
Tips for relieving pain from the use of power chain
Using a power chain may cause pain in your teeth. This can take place for the first few days after installing a power chain on the braces. Some experience it for up to a week. To reduce the pain from the power chain, you can consume painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Pay attention to the dosage, do not let you consume it excessively.
In addition, you only need to get used to. Indeed, the use of power chain braces will be very painful at first. However, over time you will no longer feel it because you are used to it.