Apart from straightening the teeth, the braces are useful to keep the proper symmetry of the teeth and tooth comes proper between upper and lower jaws. Treatment with braces can be for cosmetic or dental problems.
Types of teeth braces:
The teeth braces are ideal for any age, however recommended age is 7 years at least. There are many types of braces which one can opt for depending on their choice and dental problem. The metal braces or traditional braces are a wires or brackets that are smaller and less noticeable now. Moreover, the new heat activated arch wires use one’s body to help the teeth move quickly and it has become less painful now. It is also less expensive. The other type of braces are ceramic braces which are less noticeable than the metal braces and these are of same size and shape, but they have tooth colored or clear brackets which blends easily into the teeth. The teeth colored wires are even less noticeable.
Lingual and invisalign:
The other type of braces is lingual braces which are similar to the traditional braces and the only difference is, the brackets and wires are placed inside the teeth. It is not appropriate for severe cases and sometimes, cleaning becomes a problem. It is even uncomfortable for some people.
One of the most popular teeth braces is invisalign that is made of 18 to 30 clear plastic aligners which are custom made and these aligners can be replaced every two weeks. These are invisible and patients can drink and eat anything with these. However, they would need to keep these off while they sleep, drink or eat. These must be worn on for 20 to 22 hours every day. It is an expensive treatment and treatment may take longer.
Working of braces and treatment with it:
There are actual devices attached to the teeth and comprises of brackets which are stuck to the teeth and a metal wire. The metal wires work in conjunction to the brackets that helps the teeth to move in required position and sometimes, some other devices are also used with braces that help to move the jaw, bone and teeth. These devices are expansion devices. The orthodontics works on the teeth movement and makes uses of these devices with the braces that help the patient to get proper teeth in place. With proper force and constant pressure, the braces work properly. Before you go for braces, a thorough evaluation by your dentist is important. Some x-rays, teeth positions, etc. will be taken in consideration and then the best type of braces will be suggested by the doctor for best results.