Very few people are born with a perfect smile.
Fortunately, orthodontic treatment can help anyone achieve the straight, white smile they’ve always wanted. If you’re thinking about undergoing orthodontic treatment, you’re probably researching the different types of braces to decide which one best suits your needs. Here is some information that will help you choose the right type of braces for you.
Traditional braces are made from high-grade stainless steel. A special type of cement is used to attach the metal brackets of traditional braces to the teeth. Thin archwire is used to link the brackets to each other and place pressure on each tooth to move them to the right positions. Tiny elastics called o-rings and ligatures connect the archwires to the braces. If you decide to get traditional braces, you will need to see the orthodontist regularly to have your braces tightened and the o-rings and ligatures changed.
Ceramic braces are similar to traditional braces, except the brackets of these types of graces are made from ceramic material, which are transparent and clear. Adults often opt to get ceramic braces because these type of braces aren’t as visible.
Damon braces are becoming increasingly popular among consumers and orthodontists. These braces tend to be more gentle than traditional braces and they also require fewer visits with the orthodontist. The results with Damon braces also tend to be faster and more pronounced.
Clear and Removable Aligners
For those who want to have a beautiful smile without having to wear metal braces, there are clear and removable Invisalign aligners. This type of braces is particularly popular among adult patients. Aligners are made out of clear plastic and they look like mouth guards. Just like mouth guards, aligners are custom-made for the patient. Aligners can be removed for cleaning and eating, unlike metal braces.