Types of braces

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Types of braces 2019-04-18T15:54:47+00:00

A great smile

When you smile at another person, a warm, genuine smile, you tell that other person that he or she is attractive, pleasant, likeable, safe and secure in your estimation. A single smile is so powerful that it can often transform a person with low self-esteem, jolting them from negativity to a person with a positive attitude.  An attractive smile is a wonderful asset which will contribute to improved self-esteem and self-confidence. 

An ideal smile shows more teeth without excessive gum or lips covering the majority of teeth.

Teeth should sit perfectly upright in the mouth, not tipping inward or jutting outward.

Full smiles show more teeth and less dark space in the corners of the mouth. This could enhance the entire face.

Teeth should evenly fill the entire area of the smile, but not overwhelm the face.

In a great smile, all of the teeth fit together for a perfect bite.


Ceramic braces

Ceramic dental braces (including “white” or “clear braces”) are a form of conventional orthodontic appliance (bonded brackets and archwire).

Their fundamental difference is simply the type of bracket that’s used. With ceramic braces, they are clear or tooth-coloured (white), not metal. However, a metal archwire is stil used. 

It should be pointed out that with all types of conventional braces there’s a metal archwire that runs across your teeth. It’s held in place in each tooth’s bracket via an elastic band.

In the case of ceramic braces, a silver one is sometimes used. As a more esthetic alternative, a “frosted” or “esthetic” (white) one can be utilized instead, so it’s less obvious.

As an advantage, opting for ceramic braces tends to create a more pleasing, less conspicuous look for the patient’s appliances, especially from a distance.


Traditional Braces

Dental braces are devices used in orthodontics that align and straighten teeth and help position them with regard to a person’s bite, while also aiming to improve dental health.

They are often used to correct underbites, as well as malocclusions, overbites, open bites, deep bites, cross bites, crooked teeth, and various other flaws of the teeth and jaw.

Dental braces are often used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances to help widen the palate or jaws and to otherwise assist in shaping the teeth and jaws.

Traditional metal-wired braces are stainless-steel and are sometimes used in combination with titanium. Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces. These braces have a metal bracket with elastic (rubber band) ties holding the wire onto the metal brackets. The second-most common type of braces are self-ligating braces that do not require elastic ties. Instead, the wire goes through the bracket. Often with this type of braces, treatment time is reduced, there is less pain in the teeth, and fewer adjustments are required than with traditional braces.


Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth, rather than in front, and therefore offer a great cosmetic alternative for those who want their teeth straightened, without the braces showing.

The process for lingual braces involves taking an impression of the teeth, which is then sent to a dental laboratory and used to create customized brackets. The process takes about six weeks and, once complete, allows the orthodontist to use a specific process to cement the braces onto the back surfaces of your teeth.

Lingual braces are your secret: they are hidden because they are fitted to the inside of your teeth. They are extremely precise and allow the teeth to be positioned very accurately into the desired position.. Lingual braces are suitable for all age groups. They can be used to treat every orthodontic problem from simple to complex. Lingual traintracks are custom made for each patient, ensuring that the appliance fits the inside of the teeth very precisely. Because they are custom made, the profile of the brackets can be kept very low, minimising the inconvenience of wearing the appliance and making it easier to clean.


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What is an Orthodontist? 

An Orthodontist has an additional THREE YEARS of UNIQUE SPECIALIST training which makes them EXPERTS at correcting misalignments of the teeth and jaw.  There are many debilitating problems associated with misalignment:  speech defects, difficulties chewing and difficulty maintaining adequate oral hygiene.

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