Dental braces are devices, typically made from metal or ceramic, that are used to move and straighten teeth. They exert constant pressure on teeth, slowly moving them into the proper position.
Braces are a way to straighten and improve the health of your teeth by fixing problems with your bite, such as underbite or overbite. They also give you a beautiful smile that you’ll be proud to show off.
Types of Braces
Metal braces: The most common type of braces, metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel. Metal braces have brackets that are attached to each individual tooth. The brackets are connected by a wire. As teeth move, the wire will gently guide them into the proper position.
Acrylic braces: This type of brace is transparent and barely visible. They are best suited for teenagers and adults who don’t want their braces to be a major focus of conversation.
Ceramic braces: Ceramic braces are similar to traditional metal braces but are made of a translucent ceramic material that can be designed to match the natural color of your teeth.
Lingual braces: These braces are cemented to the back of teeth, so they are not visible. They are best suited for those with bite issues or severe misalignment.
Our orthodontist can help you choose the type of braces that will work best for your treatment.
Benefits of Dental Braces
- Using braces to straighten teeth can help patients feel more confident in their appearance.
- They can help improve oral health.
- They can correct alignment issues that can contribute to issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, and uneven wear on the teeth.
- Braces can help patients maintain healthier teeth and gums.
- Having straight teeth can be a huge confidence booster. With straight teeth, you can smile with confidence, knowing that your teeth look great.
- Braces don’t only improve the appearance of your smile; they can also improve your speech.
Maintenance of Dental Braces
- Take care of your braces and teeth to prevent gum disease, cavities, and demineralization. Brush and floss your teeth regularly to remove food debris and plaque.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean around brackets and wires.
- Brush gently. Brushing too hard can damage your braces and teeth.
- When brushing your teeth, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and gently brush in small circles above and below the brackets.
- Visit your dentist for regular dental checkups as recommended.
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