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Braces are often used to straighten teeth as they are the most effective way of making changes to tooth position in a controlled and predictable way, and enable the orthodontist to precisely position each tooth in the perfect position.
Although, appearances are an important benefit that braces bring, it goes much beyond aesthetics.
Properly aligned teeth help you bite, chew and even speak more effectively. Straight teeth contribute to healthy teeth and gums and are easier to brush, clean, and floss too!
If you’re planning on getting braces, it’ll be best if you speak with your orthodontist first, this will allow you get an idea of the current status and future outcome after treatment.
The duration of the treatment is typically from 18-24 months, depending on your face structure, growth, severity of the problem and most importantly how well your body responds to the treatment. The needs of each treatment will vary so it is important to remember that the time frame may differ from the original estimate.
How does orthodontic treatment Work?
The braces can be made of metal or ceramic and you can choose the one you prefer. The brackets are bonded to the teeth and a constant pressure is placed by the archwire onto the teeth, slowly moving them to the corrected and preferred position.
Brackets are glued onto each individual tooth. You can even choose the colour of the ties that will hold the wire in brackets. The latest high tech archwires that are activated by the heat in your mouth move teeth faster with less discomfort.
Metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastic ties for a more unique and colorful smile.
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene and care as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Invisible (Clear) Orthodontic Appliances
Clear Aligners uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. And, no one can tell you are wearing clear aligners because they’re invisible! Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. Please visit our Invisalign page to learn more about these appliances ( not possible for some problems!).