Types of braces
Only a few people can boast of perfectly aligned teeth. Misaligned teeth hinder a confident, bright smile. Orthodontic treatment can have a significant impact on your teeth or that of your child, giving you that bright smile. If you want to opt-in for orthodontic treatment, the following types of braces or dental appliances might be recommended by your orthodontist to help correct your problem.
Traditional braces have been in use for a very long time. Progressive development on this braces over the years has improved the appearance and structures, making it much lighter than they used to be.
They are from high-grade stainless steel with metal brackets that are attached to each tooth using a type of cement. An archwire is used to link brackets to each other that makes the teeth to align slowly into the correct position.
A tiny elastic (ligatures or o-rings) is used to connect the archwires to the brackets. Your orthodontist changes the tiny elastic each time he tightens the braces. Some types of braces like the self-ligating braces use brackets that don’t need o-rings.
Traditional braces are one of the most used types of braces today; it is a less expensive but effective option. People are always self-conscious about their appearance when using traditional braces because they are more noticeable compared to other types of braces. However, you can improve their appearance by using brands with different colours on the braces to make them more attractive.
Ceramic Braces are slightly different from the traditional braces. Unlike traditional braces that have brackets made from stainless steel, the brackets of ceramic braces are made from a clear, transparent ceramic material.
Ceramic braces are a popular brace for adults that require orthodontic treatment because they are less visible to others, making you have more confident smiles. This type of braces causes discolouration of the ligature which stains the teeth. Products such as ColgatePhos-Flur and Anti-Cavity Fluoride Rinse might be recommended by your orthodontist, which provides fluoride to your teeth to protect them against cavities.
Damon braces are a popular type of braces. Orthodontics often recommend it for treatments because it provides a very mild treatment and requires fewer visits to your orthodontist. Unlike Traditional and Ceramic braces, Damon braces are self-ligating, it uses a slide mechanism instead of elastics to connect the archwires.
Damon braces are easier to keep clean. It gives results very fast compared to other braces; it can move the teeth on their own without being adjusted. This movement causes less friction and pressure on the teeth, making it less painful. With Damon braces, you will not need to visit your dental professional and as a result saving you time and money.
Clear and Removable Aligners
Invisalign is a type of brace that is very clear and distinct; it neither uses brackets nor wires. This brace uses a series of custom-made,clear plastic aligners which is worn on the teeth. The Invisalign braces are removable and can be replaced every two weeks throughout the treatment period. To achieve the desired result, a patient will have to use up to 18 to 30 different aligners; each new aligner takes the adjustment of your teeth one step further.
Many patients prefer this type of brace because they are invisible, and you are free to eat and drink anything anytime. They are more expensive compared to other braces and are used to correct minor or moderate dental problems in teenagers and adults.
Clear aligners can still be in use even after you have completed your orthodontic treatment, helping to retain the results.
Lingual braces are made out of metal just like the traditional braces, but different because they are attached to the inside and cannot be seen from the outside. However, this type of braces has more advantage to traditional braces because it is behind the teeth, making it not visible to others.
Lingual braces are not as effective as traditional braces; it takes a longer time to achieve desired tooth alignment. It can be uncomfortable sometimes using lingual braces because it makes direct contact with the tongue.
Forsus appliance is a type of brace which is spring-like and is worn inside the cheeks to adjust the jaws into position. It is often used to correct difficult biting in children, and it has largely replaced the use of headgear for braces.
It is often recommended by orthodontists that patients with overcrowded teeth should either carry out tooth extraction or palatal expansion. Tooth extraction was a preferable solution before now until modern orthodontists recommended wearing a palatal expander to correct the problem.
The palatal expander is a device that fits your palate, applying pressure to the back of your upper molars to move your teeth farther apart. As a result of this, your palate expands, making it possible for other types of braces to be used for correction.