Braces are orthodontic appliances used to correct dental misalignments and improve the alignment of teeth. They work by applying gentle and controlled forces to move the teeth into their desired positions over time.
Modern braces come in various types. PretoriaSmile offers traditional metal braces, clear braces, and clear aligners (removable, transparent trays like Invisalign). Each type of brace has its advantages and disadvantages, and the choice of braces depends on the individual's orthodontic needs and preferences.
Braces are typically worn for a certain period of time, which can vary depending on the severity of the dental issues being addressed. Regular adjustments and check-ups with an orthodontist are essential to ensure the braces are working effectively and to monitor progress throughout the treatment.
Left to Right: Traditional Braces, Clear Braces and Clear Aligners
Traditional braces consist of standard metal brackets that are placed on your teeth with adhesive and connected by a wire. The archwire is gradually adjusted to apply force, moving your teeth into the desired position. These are the metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word "braces." However, with advancements in dental technology, modern brackets are smaller, less noticeable, and more comfortable than the braces that many adults remember.
Benefits of Traditional Braces
- As a fixed appliance, metal braces allow for greater control and more precise tooth movement, especially in complex cases.
- The materials in braces are usually strong, and metal braces are highly durable.
- In addition, as metal braces use darker materials, they are less likely to become discoloured.
- Orthodontic treatment also gives people the option to customize the colour of their braces. This can help people feel more comfortable with their smile during the treatment.
Clear braces straighten teeth in the same way that traditional metal braces do. The difference is that they are clear and much less noticeable. As with metal braces, a bracket is applied to each tooth. At each orthodontist visit, the cross wire is tightened or adjusted, which places gentle pressure on the brackets and will slowly move your teeth into the intended position. Clear braces are crafted from a translucent ceramic that naturally blends in with your teeth. This enables you to smile with confidence while you're getting treated. It is a comfortable, convenient, and discreet way to transform your smile from average to artistic.
Clear Aligners (eg: Invisalign ®)
Aligners are a clear and simple substitute for braces. No brackets. No wires. Just a series of customized removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth as you wear them. Clear Aligners are orthodontic devices that are transparent, plastic forms of dental braces used to adjust teeth. Similar to braces, aligners use gradual force to control tooth movement, but without metal wires or brackets.
Benefits of Clear Aligners
- They are invisible.
- They are convenient.
- You will be less prone to chronic conditions and injuries.
- Maintaining proper dental hygiene is easier.
- The treatment time may be reduced.
|Structure: Traditional braces consist of metal brackets that are bonded to the teeth and connected with wires. The wires are adjusted over time to gradually move the teeth into their desired positions.
|Effectiveness: Clear braces work similarly to traditional braces and are effective in treating a wide range of orthodontic issues, including crowding, spacing, and misalignment.
|Removable and Transparent: Clear aligners are custom-made, removable trays made of a clear plastic material. They are nearly invisible when worn, making them a popular choice for those who desire a more discreet orthodontic treatment.
|Visibility: Traditional braces are highly visible due to the metal brackets and wires, making them a more noticeable orthodontic option.
|Material: Clear braces, also known as ceramic braces, use brackets made from a transparent or tooth-coloured material that blends in with the natural colour of the teeth. They can be less noticeable than traditional metal braces.
|Treatment Process: Clear aligner treatment involves a series of aligner trays that are changed every few weeks to gradually shift the teeth into their proper positions. The treatment plan is typically computer-generated and tailored to each individual's needs.
|Treatment Time: The treatment time for traditional braces can vary depending on the severity of the misalignment, but it typically ranges from 18 months to 3 years.
|Staining Potential: While the ceramic material used in clear braces is designed to resist staining, it is still possible for them to become discoloured over time, especially if the wearer consumes foods and drinks that may cause staining.
|Oral Hygiene: Clear aligners are removable, allowing for easy cleaning of both the teeth and the aligners. This promotes better oral hygiene compared to fixed braces, as there are no brackets or wires to clean around.
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- Cost of Braces
- How long do you have to wear braces
- Choosing the best braces colours
- How to floss with braces