Everything you need to know about braces
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Dental braces are designed to help an orthodontist correct certain types of abnormal bites (malocclusions) such as an overbite, crowded teeth, and gapped teeth. The type of braces you’ll need depends on the type and severity of your malocclusion. Since braces help to spread the biting pressure across all your teeth, also help you look after the long-term health of your teeth and gums and make eating more comfortable
How Braces Work
Dental braces work by applying pressure to the teeth, moving them gradually over time. Most of this pressure is applied by a metal wire called an archwire. The archwire is attached to tiny brackets placed on each tooth. These brackets are used to wrap all the way around the tooth creating the look of a “metal mouth”; now they’re tiny and glued on the front of each tooth. Rubber bands called ligatures to go around the brackets and put added pressure on the teeth.
While orthodontists still rely on traditional metal braces for straightening teeth, there are now a variety of braces designed with your comfort and appearance in mind.
Types of Braces
Clear Braces: Porcelain dental braces feature tooth-colored brackets made from a glass-like composite material that appears translucent.
Gold Braces: Gold braces are actually stainless steel braces overlaid in gold.
Lingual Braces: Similar to traditional metal braces, lingual braces are placed behind the teeth so that they’re virtually unnoticeable.
Mini Braces: Mini braces are 30 percent smaller than their traditional metal counterparts but just as strong.
Removable Braces: Removable braces are mouthguard-like devices made of clear plastic. Invisalign® dental aligners are the most common type of removable braces.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the questions we often receive from our clients. Reach out to us if you have a question in particular.
Are straight teeth the only benefit of getting braces?
What are the other benefits of braces?
- Some people have teeth that stick out. These teeth can be moved back into line (inside the lips) and this can protect them and help keep them clean.
- Crooked and crowded teeth can be hard to keep clean. Making them straight can mean they are easier to clean.
- Teeth that do not meet properly can wear down over time. This can change their appearance.
Can braces damage my teeth?
The braces themselves will not cause any damage. But poor cleaning and too many sugary foods and drinks can cause permanent damage to your teeth. You need to clean your teeth and braces very carefully.
If orthodontic treatment is carried out incorrectly, there can be. Ensure that a fully trained orthodontist carries out the orthodontic treatment to prevent permanent damage to the jaw bone, gums, and teeth’ roots.
Is orthodontic work permanent?
The new position of your teeth should be a stable one. However, you should wear your braces for as long as your orthodontist advises. This will help stop your teeth from moving back to where they were. Even if they do this only slightly, you may be disappointed with the result.