Braces are very common in orthodontic treatments. They are used to straighten the teeth. Braces are mainly used to correct the irregularities of the teeth. After conducting proper exams and check-ups, the dentist will decide on whether you need to have brace treatment. Braces can be removable and fixed. Certain people may require only removable braces. Braces may consist of wires, bands and other appliances. Braces are of different types. The dentist will suggest you the apt one for you according to the requirements of the client.
The main types of dental braces are:
- Stainless steel braces: They are most common types of braces, which are in expensive and traditional. They will have thin wires to hold them in place. Rubber bands may also be used to put pressure on the braces and move them to the right place. They may be irritative and painful during the first stages of treatments.
You may have to be careful while eating certain things when you use braces. You may have to avoid sticky and hard kind of food items. You may also have to use orthodontic tooth brush to clean the tooth properly.
- Ceramic braces: Ceramic braces are more expensive than the stainless steel braces. They blend with the teeth and are not much visible. Ceramic braces can easily break or chip because, they are more sensitive. They require more time to get fitted and also for maintenance.
Ceramic braces blend with the teeth and are not visible as stainless steel braces. They are much better than that of the stainless steel braces.
- Lingual braces: Lingual braces are designed to bond and placed behind the teeth. For the same reason, they remain invisible. Only a skillful and trained dentist can install them. Lingual braces do not work well on small teeth get in the way of tongue. They may cause problems while you speak. So, it is necessary to learn and practice how to use lingual braces without causing injuries.
- Invisible braces: They are most costly than that of any other types of braces. As the name indicates, they are practically invisible. These braces are for people who do not have any great problems with the tooth alignment. Invisible braces are removable rubber trays (custom-fitted aligners). You can remove them while eating and brushing. The process of fitting invisible braces is different from that of the others. In order to move the teeth gradually to the desired place, the dentist will use different aligners every two weeks.
You may feel uncomfortable during the first use. It can give you best results only if you use them in a disciplined manner. You might have to wear them more than 20 hours a day.
Requirements of the patients determine the type of brace to be used. You can choose the brace according to your comfort. In most of the cases, brace treatment may require some teeth to be removed. Some may even require surgeries to change the shape of the jaw and some may require head gears. Anyway, braces are a good method to align you teeth beautifully.