A healthy and appealing smile necessitates teeth that are properly aligned and jaws that are well-coordinated. Not only does having straight teeth enhance one’s appearance, but it also contributes to overall oral health and well-being. Orthodontic braces are devices used to address various dental issues, such as misaligned, spaced, or overcrowded teeth, overbites or underbites, and improper jaw alignments. Nowadays, with advancements in orthodontic technology and treatment approaches, a wide range of braces options are available. These choices offer effective and efficient care while being less bulky, inconspicuous, and more comfortable than earlier generations of braces. The selection of braces recommended by the dentist depends on several factors, including the severity of the bite problems, the extent of tooth crowding or spacing, the need for extractions, the relationship between the upper and lower jaws, and the potential requirement for surgical correction. Additionally, the duration of braces treatment is determined based on achieving the optimal outcome, while supplementary appliances may be necessary to support the orthodontic corrections. Patient’s cosmetic concerns are also taken into consideration.
The prevailing type of braces commonly used nowadays is still referred to as “metal braces”. Crafted from high-quality stainless steel, these braces are noticeably smaller and less prominent compared to their earlier versions. Each brace, known as an orthodontic bracket, is uniquely attached to the front surface of every tooth. Metal braces enable effective and easily manageable movement of the teeth.
Ceramic braces are an exceptional alternative to traditional metal brackets when a more aesthetically pleasing appearance is desired, but conventional braces are still the optimal approach for care. These clear braces seamlessly blend with the natural color of your teeth, making them less noticeable to others and providing a cosmetic advantage. Despite their discreetness, ceramic braces operate similarly to metal braces, ensuring effective orthodontic treatment.
Currently, there exists a newer variation of braces known as “lingual braces” which are designed to be fitted on the inner side, or lingual, of each tooth. This positioning creates the illusion of complete invisibility and ensures that the braces remain concealed from the external view. In terms of functionality, these braces operate similarly to the conventional metal or ceramic braces attached to the front surface of teeth. However, it is worth noting that lingual braces may pose increased discomfort and present a greater challenge when it comes to maintaining hygiene due to their unique placement.
In the realm of orthodontic care, a modern solution has emerged, offering a highly inconspicuous, convenient, and comfortable approach. This innovative method involves utilizing a personalized series of transparent removable aligners, which gently guide the teeth into their optimal alignment over time.