Introduction to braces
Braces are usually recommended by orthodontists for people who want to correct the alignment of their teeth.
Braces are brackets that get bonded to the teeth and wires that are threaded through them.
The wires are a track for guiding the teeth to their proper positions.
There are different types of braces that are available.
There are traditional metal ones, ceramic braces, and clear plastic ones as well.
Types of braces
Patients usually have the option of choosing between ceramic, plastic, or metal braces.
The metal ones, which are actually stainless steel, are the most practical ones, and they are the most common kind you’ll see. Ceramic and plastic ones are chosen by people more for cosmetic reasons than for functionality.
There has been a recent advancement in braces technology called the Damon bracket, which is a bracket that uses a “sliding door” type technology which is referred to as self-ligation. This technology lets the wire slide back and forth within the bracket, which causes less friction and is much more comfortable to wear.
The ceramic brackets are said to be “tooth-colored” and people want them because they are less noticeable since they tend to blend with the color of the teeth.
Some people prefer this to the “metallic smile” people have when wearing regular stainless steel braces.
Ceramic braces also will not stain or discolor over a longer period of time.
Clear braces are made out of plastic, which is also see-through. However, the arch wire is still visible.
The braces that are closest to being completely invisible are a brand called Invisalign.
If you are looking for the most affordable option, then metal braces are the way to go. They might be very traditional looking and the most visible of all the kinds of braces, but they are sturdy, will last a long time and are more affordable. Also, people who need extensive and serious amount of alignment might have no other choice but to get metal braces because the stainless steel ones are the only ones that can perform the more drastic alignments.
The best thing to do is to visit an orthodontist, who will tell you what kind of tooth alignment you will need and what your options are as far as braces are concerned.
If the alignment that is needed is not too drastic, the person might not need braces at all. There are other orthodontic appliances, such as retainers, that can help in less extreme cases.