Everything You Need to Know About Braces

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A dentist may recommend braces when you have crooked or misaligned teeth. You might also realise that there are different types of braces, and each is chosen based on how it is effective for your unique condition or your preference. Here's what you need to know about braces:

What Happens During Your Dental Visit?

Your dentist may ask you a series of questions, mostly to get a better understanding of your general and dental health. They then proceed to inspect your teeth to identify which dental braces will be most effective.

Types of Dental Braces

  • Traditional metal braces 

These braces are made from metal and comprise metal brackets and a wire. The metal brackets are attached to the surface of your teeth, and a wire is passed through them. This is the wire that is tightened regularly to pull your teeth into their correct position.

  • Porcelain/ceramic braces 

Porcelain braces look like traditional metal braces, but instead of utilising metal brackets, porcelain/ceramic brackets are used. This is done to help blend the braces with your teeth and make it difficult for people to notice you have braces. They also give off a better aesthetic appearance than traditional braces. The metal wire is also coated white to match your teeth.

  • Lingual braces 

These braces are similar to traditional metal braces, but instead of being attached to the front side of your teeth where they are visible, they are attached behind.

  • Invisalign or ClearCorrect 

These braces resemble a mouthguard that you can insert and remove when needed. Your dentist, however, recommends that you wear them for the longest time possible in a day to guarantee quick and effective results. You might also realise that not everyone is a good candidate for these braces. Some tooth misalignments may be too severe to be fixed by Invisalign or ClearCorrect braces.

What Affects the Choice of Braces?

  • Your unique dental condition 

Your dentist needs to examine you to identify which braces will be the most effective in treating you.

  • Your preference 

If all the braces mentioned above can effectively treat your dental problem, the choice is yours. However, the prices of the braces mentioned above differ, where the aesthetically pleasing braces are more expensive. This tells you that the cheapest options are the traditional metal braces. 

  • Your age 

Invisalign or ClearCorrect braces are not recommended for children; your dentist will always recommend the other three options.

To learn more, reach out to a dentist that offers services like braces in your area.


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