Types of braces
Traditionally great results
Thinking of having braces? Then you are probably imagining a mouth full of metal but advances in orthodontic technology mean the days of ‘train tracks’ are a thing of the past. Today, there are many different options when it comes to orthodontic treatment but the traditional method of brackets and wires continues to be one of the most effective.
Metal braces tend to be what most people think of when they think of orthodontic treatment. These braces consist of small metal brackets attached to your individual teeth with an archwire connecting them. Throughout the course of your treatment, this archwire slowly guides your teeth into their correct position by way of gentle pressure applied from small elastic bands.
Metal braces are an effective treatment for major and minor orthodontic cases. At your initial consultation with us we can talk you through your treatment options, and if metal braces are one of them, we will explain further how this method works.
Lingual braces are one of the most discreet orthodontic treatment methods available. This is because the brackets and archwires are fitted to the back surface of your teeth so no one can see them. This doesn’t make them any less effective though. Based on the traditional method used by metal braces, lingual braces get great results for all our patients with the added bonus of not being visible.
Clear ceramic braces
Clear ceramic braces are a discreet orthodontic treatment option which work the same way as traditional metal braces do. Using the bracket and archwire system, your teeth are guided into their desired position by gentle pressure. The difference between these two types of braces is that clear ceramic braces aren’t as conspicuous. The brackets attached to your teeth are made from a clear ceramic material which blends in with the natural colour of your teeth.
Clear ceramic braces are a popular choice among our adult patients because it is not immediately obvious that you are wearing braces. This is particularly beneficial for many patients in client-facing jobs. You can smile without feeling self-conscious knowing the brackets don’t stand out on your teeth.
Benefits of braces
- Long-established effective orthodontic treatment option
- Smaller brackets are comfortable to wear
- Gradual movement of teeth reduces discomfort during treatment
- Affordable method of orthodontic treatment
- Options for discreet treatment
FAQs about braces
How long will I have to wear braces?
The length of time your braces will be on will depend on your treatment goals and the severity of your problem. Most treatment time falls between 18 – 24 months.
Does it hurt to eat with braces?
When you first get your braces on and after some adjustment appointments your teeth can feel a little tender and you may feel like eating softer foods. After a few days this tenderness should go away and you will be back to normal eating.
Am I too old for braces?
No one is too old for braces or orthodontic treatment. While it is true younger jaws are more malleable (which is why orthodontic treatment during teenage years is so common), teeth can be corrected at any age.
Is it hard to clean my teeth while wearing braces?
No, it is not hard but you just have to be a bit more careful. Although the brackets are secured to the front surface of your teeth, they can still move so you need to brush gently and thoroughly to ensure nothing gets stuck in them or your archwires.
Do I have to visit my dentist while wearing braces?
Yes, this is very important. Although you will have regular check-ups with your orthodontist to ensure your treatment is progressing as it should, you need to see your dentist as part of your overall oral hygiene routine.
To find out how you could benefit from braces, book your consultation with the friendly team at One Smile Orthodontics today.