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The 05 Types of Braces You Should Know About!

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Today’s fast-paced and social media-addicted world prioritizes aesthetics in everything they do. Be it places we visit, things we use or even our appearances, everything needs to be aesthetic. When it comes to physical appearances, human beings have shown dissatisfaction since times immemorial and the visual appeal of one’s smile is always a concern to the individual. 

One of the most attractive features about a human is their smile and most of the time, the first thing we notice in them. A smile has the power to express a person’s personality or mood. Even if the truth is that every smile is beautiful, people aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth are. Not having an aesthetic, idealized smile can lead to lower self-confidence. 

Sometimes, it is not about aesthetics but normal functions. Teeth erupted at different angles, overlapping or blocking the other teeth can lead to a non-attractive appearance as well as difficulties in cleaning and maintaining hygiene. To sum it up, human teeth do not always erupt in perfect alignment and can lead to visual and functional difficulties which, with the use of different types of braces, can be corrected!

 

How Can a Dentist Help You?

Here, dentistry comes into the role which has developed ways to correct the position of such abnormally erupted teeth and the branch of dentistry that deals with this, is called Orthodontics.

So, brace yourself as you learn more about braces with us!

 

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What are Braces?

Braces are the most important component of tooth positioning and correction. Let’s learn about them. You might have seen small metal pieces attached to a person’s teeth with wires at least once in your lifetime. Those are called braces.

 

What are Braces made of?

Braces contain brackets (a small rectangular metal piece with slots for wires), wires (made of metal) and ligatures (attachment rings made of rubber) together as a unit that are used to move teeth into the mouth into the desired position.

Traditionally, braces, using pressure and force through the wires, distribute it through the brackets on the tooth and help move it. The ligatures (attachment device) help to attach the wires to the brackets. There are several types of braces and new evolutions of it.

 

Are there Different Types of Braces to Choose From?

Yes! You have a variety to choose from based on your convenience and need. The dentist will guide you through the selection of the most effective one based on your specific case and requirements. You can choose based on their appearance, your convenience of maintaining them and your budget for the treatment.

 

What are the Different Types of Braces Available?

 

1) Clear Aligners:types of braces and cost

These are the latest addition to the different types of braces and have become the talk of the town with celebrities promoting them. These braces do not have any of the traditional components, rather are a set of plastic trays that are created in a series of 24-25 sets as required for the desired tooth positioning.

They are customized for every patient. The patient just needs to use the particular setting for the particular amount of time as decided by the dentist with gradual shifting to the next set and eventually causing desired tooth movement.

Advantages: Very convenient to use. They do not have uncomfortable wires. They can be easily removed and cleaned. 

Disadvantages: These can only be used for small corrections like a single crooked tooth or closing gaps in teeth or slightly crooked teeth. It cannot be used in major cases which have complications. Additionally, these are more expensive than regular bracket-based braces.

 

2) Traditional Metal Braces: 

 This is the oldest form of braces that we all must have seen in at least one mouth we have come across. Metal braces are attached to the front surfaces of teeth and are most effective. The brackets and wire are both made of metal.

Advantages: Affordable, very effective and quicker results. Can be used in major and complicated cases as well.

Disadvantages: Easily visible, need ligature (rubber) rings for attachment of wires.

 

ceramic braces

3) Ceramic Braces: 

These are similar to metal braces but the brackets are made of ceramic, which is white in colour, instead of the traditional metal brackets. These follow the same principle as metal braces.

Advantages: They are not easily visible when compared to metal braces. 

Disadvantages: Since they are white, they can stain easily if not properly cared for.

 

4) Lingual Braces:

These are similar to metal braces. However, these are placed lingually i.e., behind the tooth, instead of the front surfaces as in metal braces. It is used in patients who are uncomfortable with the appearance of braces while using them.

Advantages: Cannot be seen easily as they are behind the teeth.

Disadvantages: Takes a longer time to show effects, inconvenient for cleaning and uncomfortable too as they come directly in contact with the tongue.

 

5) Self-ligating Braces:

These are similar to traditional braces, made of metal, however, these do not require extra material for ligation (attachment) of the wire to it as they have clips and locks that hold the wire. 

Advantages: It doesn’t require rubber ligature rings.

Disadvantages: If the clips break due to some reason, the entire bracket needs to be replaced.

 

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Why Should You Consider Braces?

If it is difficult for you to clean your teeth because they are crooked or it disturbs your normal speaking ability, braces are an option for you. We hope after reading this when you visit a dentist to know about braces, you will have already “braced yourself” a little for the journey of your orthodontic treatment.

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