There’s no reason to hide behind an embarrassing smile. Corrective dentistry has improved greatly over the past few years providing more options than an awkward mouth full of metal.
There are many different types of braces (metal, plastic, ceramic, etc.), but despite what materials are used they all work in the same way. Braces apply continuous pressure over an extended period of time to slowly move teeth in a specific direction.
Traditional metal braces consist of small squares, called brackets, which are bonded to the front of each tooth. These brackets hold the wires that will move the teeth. Wires are then attached and anchored to bands wrapped around the back teeth. Rubber accessories may also be added to orthodontic equipment to create more space between teeth or apply pressure against other teeth.
Time required for braces varies from person to person based on the severity of corrections needed. Time can range from one to three years based on your orthodontist’s professional opinion.
In the instance where there are only minor adjustments to be made, retainers may be a better option than braces. Retainers work in the same way in that they make adjustments to tooth placement along with surrounding changes in gums and bone. They’re usually made from plastic and metal molded for each individual.
Most commonly worn after braces, retainers help keep your teeth set in their new position and control shifting. Retainers can be a temporary fixture worn for a few months or only at night depending on what your orthodontist thinks. If you have a retainer, make sure you know all about proper retainer care.
Another form of orthodontic treatments are Invisalign, which uses a series of clear, removable teeth aligners. Impressions of teeth are taken and put through a CT scan, where a computer creates a 3D model. This model is then adjusted by an individual who makes adjustments and corrections to the orthodontist’s specifications.
There are unique benefits of Invisalign vs. Braces, so make sure to learn about both before making a decision. Aligners have the benefit of being able to be removed like a retainer while being cosmetically appealing. They should be worn for at least 20 hours a day to work effectively.
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