Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on correcting improperly aligned teeth and jaws. A common orthodontic treatment is braces, which are used to straighten teeth and correct bite issues. Braces can be made from a variety of materials, and there are many different types of braces available.
Traditional braces are the most common type of braces. These braces consist of metal brackets that are bonded to the teeth, connected by wires and elastic bands. These braces are usually placed on all of the teeth in the upper and lower jaws, and the brackets and wires are adjusted periodically to gradually bring the teeth into the correct alignment.
Self-ligating braces are similar to traditional braces, but they are designed with a mechanism that allows the wires to be tightened without the use of elastic bands. This type of brace is usually made from metal, and the brackets are also bonded to the teeth.
Ceramic braces are another type of orthodontic brace that are made from a translucent material. These braces are less visible than traditional metal braces, and they can be matched to the patient’s natural tooth color. Ceramic braces are also more comfortable than traditional braces, since the brackets are smaller.
Lingual braces are a type of orthodontic brace that is placed on the back of the teeth. This type of brace is completely hidden from view, and it is a popular option for adults who want to correct their teeth without having to wear visible braces.
Invisalign is a type of brace that uses removable clear aligners to gradually move the teeth into the correct position. Invisalign aligners are made from a clear plastic material that is almost invisible when worn. The aligners are designed to fit snugly over the teeth, and they must be worn for at least 22 hours a day to be effective.
No matter what type of braces you choose, it is important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions to ensure that the treatment is successful. With the right care and attention, braces can help you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.