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What are Braces and
their Kinds?

Dental braces are appliances used to align or straighten the teeth and guide the teeth to the right position. Braces play an important role in transforming smiles and in improving overall dental health. They are made up of wires, brackets, or bands and help improve the posting positioning of teeth, improvement in chewing, jaw correction, and smile aesthetics.

In this blog, we have provided a comprehensive guide to braces, covering everything the important aspects you know about this popular treatment.

What are Braces?

Braces are orthodontic devices used to correct misaligned teeth and jaw alignment issues. They consist of brackets, bands, wires, and wires that work together to correct teeth positioning. 

Kinds of Braces

Today there are numerous kinds of braces than ever before, check out the options below:

Traditional Metal Braces

These are the most common kind of braces, made using premium quality stainless steel. Metal brackets are attached to the front surface of the teeth and connected by archwires, which are periodically adjusted to guide tooth movement.

These braces are quite popular among children and adolescent patients in which the wire is tied to the braces using elastic ties. To move the teeth, the orthodontist might do some adjustments every 4-8 weeks.

Ceramic Braces

These braces are quite similar to traditional metal braces but use clear or tooth-coloured ceramic brackets, making it less noticeable. Ceramic braces are famous among those who look for a more discreet orthodontic procedure. Unlike metal braces, ceramic braces are less noticeable and are more affordable as compared to metal braces.

Lingual Braces

These kinds of braces are placed on the back surface of the teeth, so that they don’t become visible from the front. They can be customised to fit each individual’s teeth. Though lingual braces come with numerous advantages, there are a few things one must know before considering this option.

Since lingual braces are placed behind the teeth, so in a few cases, some people experience slight speech changes and irritation to their tongue. However, these are short term symptoms and gradually disappear with time.

Invisalign And Clear Aligners

They are removable, transparent trays that gradually shift teeth into alignment. They are customised using 3D imaging technology and are an invisible treatment option.  Invisalign is an ideal option for patients who had braces at younger age or have mild to moderate dental problems such as misaligned teeth, no jaw alignment problems, large overbite, etc.

Conclusion

Braces are a transformative orthodontic treatment that helps enhance both dental health and appearance. It is important to get in contact with an orthodontist to know the most appropriate braces. With a proper oral care routine, you can have a straighter, healthy smile once your braces are removed.

Visit our dental centre for personalised advice and embark on a journey toward a healthier, straighter smile. Contact us to know about braces and other orthodontic treatment.