Very few of us are born with perfectly shaped teeth. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have them later! Orthodontic treatments are widely available today, and with the rapidly evolving technology, the processes are getting more refined by the day.
Braces are more common than ever before today. According to Pennsylvania Dental Association, there are approximately 4 million people in the United States of America who wear braces. With the growing desire of having the perfect gleaming smile, there are more adults than ever looking forward to having an orthodontic job done. But amongst the various types of braces, which one is right for you to correct your teeth problem? Read on to discover more.
Tackling severe teeth misalignment cases through metal braces
These traditional braces are still the most effective way to deal with severe misalignment of teeth. With time, these braces have become light in weight. Made from metallic brackets and steel wires, the metallic brace exerts pressure on the teeth to relocate the teeth into an ideal spot. The wires and the brackets are connected to each other through O-rings. However, the o-rings are not always mandatory such as in the case of self-ligating braces. These braces are durable and need to be worn from 1 to 3 years, depending upon the condition of the teeth of each individual. Some people have to wear retainers afterward.
Ceramic and Lingual Braces for discreet treatment
Don’t want your braces to be obvious? Well, there is no need to fret anymore. There are ceramic braces available that are not noticeable as much as the metallic ones. Albeit, the discretion comes at a higher cost more people are interested in this treatment. Mocking the metallic braces in every aspect, these braces have brackets in the same color as that of the teeth so that they blend in naturally. To keep the orthodontic treatment even less noticeable, some people opt for wires in the same color as the teeth.
Taking the discreetness to next level, there is another category of more expensive braces. Lingual braces conceal all the brackets and the posts at the rear end of the teeth. After installation, they are almost invisible. Bear in mind that the discretion is not just costly, it is more painful too. Also, they require more maintenance as compared to the other types of braces.
Discreet Removable Aligners
Over the course of the last few years, clear aligners have gained popularity. The success rate of these braces is incredible. Unlike traditional braces, these can be taken out as per your requirement – that is, when you are eating or brushing your teeth. Clear aligners are custom built from clear BPA-free plastic which you are allowed to change after every two weeks. With every change, the aligners slowly and gradually help in making the teeth aligned. These aligners work discreetly to reshape your smile. However, if you suffer from the problem of malocclusion, colloquially, overbite or underbite then treatment is not ideal. People who go for this treatment should keep in mind that these braces need to be worn for at least 22 hours a day.