Dental braces, or braces, as the majority of us know them, are designed to straighten and re-align our teeth. Braces are fitted by Orthodontists worldwide and as well as having aesthetic benefits, they can help straighten our bite which in turns helps maintain a good level of dental health. These are all desirable attributes in this modern day of the “perfect smile”, but what types of braces are there? And what can they do for you?
Fixed metal braces: Traditional braces that yield proven results and are cost-effective. Fixed metal braces offer patients a pain-free way to a straighter smile, gently guiding your teeth back into position over the duration of your treatment.
Throughout the treatment period of 12 to 24 months your progress can be carefully monitored by a specialist, giving you every confidence of exemplary results, so long as you maintain a healthy dental hygiene routine along the way.
Blocks are fixed to the front of the teeth with a clear adhesive in a quick and painless procedure. There’s even the option of coloured bands on each block for the kids and teenagers alike.
Retainers: Designed to prevent the good work from being undone, the retainer will prevent relapse. Relapse occurs when the tissue and bone around your mouth reverts back to its previous shape before treatment. Retainers will stop this from happening and as a result are a vital part of your orthodontic treatment. They are commonly removable, but in some circumstances, permanent.
Made of thin thermosetting plastic, removable retainers are virtually unnoticeable and extremely comfortable to wear due to their bespoke design (custom-made for your mouth). Fixed retainers are secured behind the teeth on either your upper or lower jaw, or both. This offers round-the-clock stability for your mouth.
As with many material objects and appliances, retainers become worn over time and will need to be checked by your orthodontist or your dentist to ensure your smile remains straight.
Functional braces: A popular option for young and adolescent patients, functional braces reduce the projection of the front teeth during growth of the jaw. The brace can influence the way the teeth grow, pushing the top row inward and the bottom outward.
For optimal results, treatment is best undergone between the ages of 9 and 14, however it is important that most of the adult set have come through which naturally varies from patient to patient.
It is not uncommon for a patient to have fixed braces fitted soon or immediately after functional brace treatment. The functional brace improves the way in which the teeth bite together, essentially “setting up” the teeth for further alignment from the fixed brace.
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