Not everyone is fortunate to be born with perfect teeth. Many people find they are too afraid to smile because their teeth are so crooked that a smile turns other people’s heads away. However, all is not lost, as there are orthodontic solutions available to treat misaligned or crooked teeth that are effective and life changing. You should arrange an appointment with your orthodontist to see which are the most suitable for you. Here is an outline below of some of the types of braces available today.
Traditional braces used to be made of metal that appeared like train tracks in the mouth. Over the years, lighter and better structured braces have emerged. They are now made from a high-grade stainless steel with the metal brackets being attached to each individual tooth using a non-toxic cement. The brackets are connected to each other using a slim archwire, which puts the necessary pressure on to the teeth, causing them to move slowly into the correct position.
The way ceramic braces work is similar to traditional braces. The main difference is that the brackets are made of a ceramic material that’s transparent. These types of braces are popular because they can’t be seen so easily by others so adults who have a lot of face to face contact prefer this type of braces.
Overall, braces are not a cheap treatment option, but there are some types, such as Damon Braces, that are not only gentler in the mouth but fewer dentist visits are required. They are self-ligating and a slide mechanism is used to connect the archwires which is not elastic. These braces don’t need any regular adjustment as they can move the teeth on their own. This as a result causes far less pressure and friction on the teeth and it’s less painful.
Removable and clear aligners
Invisalign is a substitute for Damon braces. It includes a number of clear plastic aligners which look like mouth guards, and are custom-made just for you. They can be removed for cleaning and eating and every 2 weeks they need to be changed for a new set. Each set moves your teeth one step closer to their desirable position. Often, clear aligners are recommended for use once you have completed the required orthodontic treatment as they help to keep the results you are after until your teeth have settled into the most desirable position.
For those who have been told they have overcrowded teeth there are 2 options available. One is extracting the teeth and the second is the use of palatal expanders. A palatal expander is a device that is custom fitted to your palate which applies significant pressure to the rear of your upper molars which gradually moves your teeth apart. This serves to expand your palate and makes it possible for other types of braces to be fitted to correct the position of your teeth.
Your orthodontist can recommend the best braces for your teeth
There is no hard and fast way of choosing the best braces for you so you should contact your orthodontist who has the experience to make the right choice on your behalf.