Teeth Braces: What Should You Know?
When it comes to health and beauty, people tend to ignore the importance of having properly aligned teeth. Having misaligned teeth can cause numerous issues including overbites, underbites, problems in the jaw, tooth decay, gum disease and chewing and speaking problems. Hence it is necessary to fix the position of your teeth early.
The best way to fix your teeth is with the help of braces. Orthodontists recommend that braces must be worn as early as possible to correct misalignment and to prevent various dental conditions before they can crop up. As they say, prevention is better than cure.
Treatment through braces can last between 12 to 24 months for children and slightly longer for adults. This period requires that the wearer pay special attention to oral health. Wearing braces can not only prevent diseases, but it can also give the individual a good smile and boost their confidence.
Braces are available for users in different types. These include metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, self-ligating braces and Invisalign braces.
Metal braces are often referred to as “traditional braces” and have two components. This includes the bendable metal wire that can apply pressure to the teeth to move them and the metal bracket that is applied to the teeth. These braces are the most popular among teenagers as they are the least expensive and are the quickest means to aligning teeth.
Metal braces used to be very noticeable, big and intrusive in the past. However, today’s metal braces and smaller, less noticeable and have wires that shift teeth more quickly with lesser pain. Wearers can also personalize their braces by customizing the colors of the rubber bands around the brackets.
Ceramic braces have been very popular in the past due to their coloring. The ceramic material used in the bracket and sometimes even in the wires is the same color as the patient's teeth, rendering them slightly invisible and less obvious. Due to their aspect of being less noticeable, these braces were highly in demand, despite them being more expensive than traditional braces.
Although there are other options that make braces look almost entirely invisible, ceramic braces have been a popular choice due to the speed of the treatment. However, these braces could be stained if the patient was not diligent with their oral hygiene and they often cause as much discomfort as traditional braces.
These braces are essentially the same as metal braces, discounting the fact that they are attached to the inside of the bite rather than the outside. The biggest benefit that lingual braces provide is that they are not visible outside the mouth unless the wearer actually opens their mouth and points it out.
These braces, however, came with their own array of problems including the fact that they are difficult to keep clean as the wearer cannot easily see the braces, they cause an obstruction in speech, their treatment takes longer and is more expensive and they are not a good option for those already suffering from other orthodontic conditions.
These braces have the same brackets and wire system like traditional braces, but they replace the function of the rubber bands with clips or doors that hold the wire in place. They are a more popular option today as food does not get stuck in them so easily, it is less painful and reduce the overall number of trips to the dentist. However, they are not as highly recommended as traditional and ceramic braces as they may not cater to all of the wearer’s needs for a successful treatment.
Among the most common and effective systems to align teeth are the invisible aligner braces, which can be completely removed when the teeth and the aligner are to be cleaned. They also have the added benefit of being “invisible” so that the patient need not be worried about the way it looks. They are, however, more expensive than traditional braces and may not provide the proper treatment as is required for the patient.