Braces—an Introduction to Various Types

In the dental procedure history, braces presides a higher ground because of its affectivity. The procedure has been a boon to many who has Malocclusion, a dental condition in which tooth are misaligned which leads to crooked teeth, overbite, and under bite. This condition usually leads to other serious dental problems, other than the morphological aberration it causes.

The dental braces are common these days. Millions of people are wearing braces for different reasons. Though the fundamentals remain same, almost, the material to make braces have gone from metal to synthetic, constructed using innovative technology to have a custom fit.

In the following, we are discussing four types of braces and its advantages, so you can choose what suits your needs.

  • Conventional metal braces:

Made from stainless steelbrackets, which are kept together by wire. In older days, these braces were big and conspicuous, causing discomfort to wearers. However, among braces, they are the least expensive of all types and treatment time is comparatively shorter. Nowadays, heat-activated arch wires are available, which fixes teeth more quickly and less painfully, responding to body’s heat.

  • Ceramic braces

They have same shape and size as that of metal braces. To blend with teeth easily, they are in the form of tooth-colored or clear ceramic brackets. These mixed with tooth-colored wires giver lower profile to wearer. Their aesthetic and cosmetic appeal is its USP. They do not stain easily and far less conspicuous than metal braces.

  • Lingual braces

To make braces less visible, these braces are installed on the inside of teeth, using same the same metal brackets and wires used in conventional braces. They are a huge improvement in the department of aesthetics. It gives a freedom to explain your orthodontic treatment to people you meet as completely invisible to the outside world.

  • Invisalign

It makes use of the latest technology for custom braces, which fit like key in a lock. They consist of a series of plastic tray, known as aligners,which are removed and typically replaced, every 2 weeks based on the discretion of dentist. These aligners, free of BPA, direct teeth to move in the desired direction.