Braces are orthodontic devices used to correct bite alignment, spacing issues, and crooked teeth. Braces consist of a system of wires, brackets, and bands. The wire and brackets work together to apply pressure to the teeth, gradually moving them into the correct position. The bands fit around each individual tooth, holding the wire in place.
Types of braces
Traditional metal braces consist of metal brackets that attach to the front of your teeth and tiny metal wires that run through those brackets. The wires apply gentle pressure to gradually shift your teeth into the correct positions. You will need to visit your orthodontist every 3-4 weeks to have the wires tightened.
While metal braces are the most common option for younger patients, some patients, especially adults, prefer a more discreet option. Clear braces, ceramic braces, and lingual braces are all more discreet options than traditional metal braces.
Clear braces are a type of orthodontic appliance used to correct crooked teeth. They are typically made of ceramic or plastic and function similarly to traditional metal braces. Clear braces straighten teeth using a system of brackets and wires. Each bracket is bonded to a tooth, and a wire connects all the brackets together. The wires are adjusted at each appointment to keep pressure on the teeth. Over time, the teeth move into the correct position.
Invisalign is a popular alternative to braces. They are clear aligners that sit over the top of your teeth. The Invisalign trays are custom-made for you, and you wear each one for about two weeks.
Benefits of Braces
Braces help align your teeth, which can help your teeth and gums stay healthy. Also, straighter teeth can make you feel more confident about how you look. They can also help fix jaw alignment issues, which can cause problems later in life. Braces can also correct a number of cosmetic issues, such as gaps and misshapen teeth, giving you a more pleasing, symmetrical smile.
The other major benefits offered by braces include the following:
- Straighter teeth and a beautiful smile
- Improved oral hygiene
- Aligned teeth and bite
- Improved Speech
- Better oral health
- Increased self-esteem
- Improved chewing ability
- Correct teeth misalignment and bite issues
- Prevention of future dental problems that could occur due to crooked, crowded, or spaced teeth.
How do braces work?
Braces work by applying gentle pressure to the teeth, which causes them to move into the correct positions. Braces consist of brackets, wires, and bands that work together to achieve the desired results. The brackets are placed onto the teeth, and the bands, which are typically made from metal or clear/white plastic, attach around each tooth to secure the brackets. The wires are then threaded through the brackets and adjusted regularly to ensure the pressure is adjusted accordingly.
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