As with almost everything else, technology has revolutionized the dentistry industry in the last few decades. With so many new methods to treat issues and correct tooth problems, people are enjoying healthier teeth much longer than ever before in history. Braces have been a big part of that revolution, and now there are many different kinds of dental braces for you to choose from.
Traditional braces have been around for many years. They are the standard among patients looking to straighten their smile. Today’s contemporary braces are made of exceptionally strong metals as they need to be able to stand the test of time while they are on your teeth. While contemporary braces are metallic colored, there are a number of bands and features like ceramic or porcelain brackets that can be utilized to spruce them up.
Traditional braces include everything from full headgear mounts to the simple metal wires, rubber bands, spacers and teeth retainers, all for the purpose of realigning your teeth to protect them and provide you with a more normal bite. The wires are bonded to your teeth with a number of different materials (all of which are safe) and then the wires are tightened to slowly move your teeth to where they should be for their best bite position. The wires help to loosen the teeth from their position in the gums and slowly move them into position, over an average period of two and a half years. These metal braces are typically designed from stainless steel, sometimes in combination with titanium.
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What are the Clear Braces?
The term “clear braces” is usually used to refer to the clear plastic alignment trays (such as Invisalign and ClearCorrect). After 3D models of your mouth have been made, Dr. Arian is able to create a series of custom molds that over the span of a few weeks to each alignment tray, gently move your teeth into their correct positions. These invisible braces are designed to blend into your teeth, so no one will know you even are having corrective work done.
Which Braces should I choose?
However, which of the two sets you need to go with depends entirely on what kind of issue you need corrected. Invisible plastic alignment trays are often fine for treating less severe issues, such as slight cases of gaps, overbites, underbites, open bite, overcrowding and cross-bites, while traditional braces may be better for those with severe crookedness, overcrowding issues, completely out of place teeth or when any corrective jaw surgery is needed.