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Dental Braces

Dental braces are devices that orthodontists prescribe to help fix conditions such as misaligned teeth or misalignment of the jaws. Well aligned teeth are aesthetically pleasing, boost your self esteem and are easy to care for and maintain.

Occlusion is the alignment of teeth and how the upper and lower teeth fit together. Typically, your upper teeth should fit slightly over the lower teeth with the points of your molars fitting the grooves of the molar on the opposite jaw. Malocclusion is when the teeth or jaws are out of alignment.

Types of malocclusion include upper protrusion or over jet, spacing or crowding of teeth, a misplaced midline, open bite, overbite, cross bite, rotated teeth or transposition.

As part of a comprehensive treatment plan, your orthodontist may use dental appliances such as dental braces to bring your jaws and teeth into proper alignment.

The braces are supposed to move your teeth together along with their roots into proper alignment and straighten them, removing any tooth gaps in the process. Braces can effectively improve your bite and enhance your smile, making your oral care easier.

Types of malocclusion include upper protrusion or overjet, spacing or crowding of teeth, a misplaced midline, open bite, overbite, crossbite, rotated teeth or transposition.
As part of a comprehensive treatment plan, your orthodontist may use dental appliances such as dental braces to bring your jaws and teeth into proper alignment.

The braces are supposed to move your teeth together along with their roots into proper alignment and straighten them, removing any tooth gaps in the process. Braces can effectively improve your bite and enhance your smile, making your oral care easier.

 

Which Type Is Right For You?

Metal

These are usually the traditional design that come to mind when someone refers to braces because they have been around for a long time.

Metal braces comprises of tiny metal brackets that are glued on to the front of the teeth that are then connected with a wire. The pressure of the wire is adjusted at regular intervals in order to gradually straighten teeth and to correct the bite. They’ve been tried and tested as an orthodontic treatment option.

Metal braces are also the most commonly used option for kids and teens. They come with colourful elastic modules that make them a fun fashion accessory for kids. According to Orthodontics Australia, “although dependent on each case, traditional metal braces are generally the most cost effective option compared to other orthodontic treatments”.

Clear Ceramic

Made of clear ceramic material, they are too worn in front of the teeth like traditional metal braces. They are less noticeable because of their tooth-coloured brackets. Clear ceramic braces also come with an option for tooth-coloured wires that blend even better with teeth.

There is a common misconception that all white braces are made out of plastic. But they are usually made of ceramic or porcelain, and sometimes of plastic materials.

The invisibility factor has made them a popular choice among adults. They may be an option for extremely self conscious kids and teenagers who resist wearing metal braces.

Although they are as effective as wire braces, ceramic braces are more delicate and damage-prone, and break easily. They also cost more than metal braces.

Lingual

Sometimes referred to as concealed or incognito braces, lingual braces are fitted behind teeth, instead of in front. These ‘inside braces’ are truly invisible as they cannot be seen when you smile. Your orthodontist will take a digital scan or impression of your mouth to fully customize lingual braces that fit the exact contours behind your teeth to ensure both comfort and effectiveness.

They are mostly used by adults who like their invisibility. Because they are close to your tongue, initially you will notice an impact on your speech and eating.

Lingual braces cost more than regular wire or ceramic design because they must be custom-made in a dental lab.

Invisible Braces or Aligners

Invisible or transparent braces are colourless. They are built as a series of removable, customised clear plastic “trays”, called aligners that hug your teeth and help address spacing problems.

Most people prefer them for cosmetic reasons, and so they are also called cosmetic braces. Sometimes people refer to them as white braces.

Clear aligners, or invisible braces provide treatment by getting you to wear a sequence of removable, clear plastic aligners that hug your teeth. Each set need to be worn for two weeks, and for at least 22 hours each day, if treatment is to be effective.

You need to remove them when you eat or drink. Orthodontic treatment with clear aligners will produce expected results only if you can stick to these rules.

Why Would You Need Dental Braces?

Dental braces are a common remedy, both in children and adults, to either correct or prevent certain dental conditions.

These include:

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Crowded teeth (which may happen during the emergence of wisdom teeth and wisdom teeth removal complications)
  • Under bites and Overbites
  • Incorrectly positioned jaws
  • Repositioning teeth in advance of implants, bridgework, crowns, or veneers.

Benefits Of Early Orthodontic Treatment

As you may have discovered already, prevention is always better—and in Australia, cheaper—than a cure when it comes to orthodontic treatments such as dental braces. It is always best that you treat your child’s malocclusion and jaw alignment issues early.Treating malocclusion and bite problems are cheaper if you do it early. If your orthodontist has a way to prevent alignment problems from becoming worse, that is good for your child and for you.

  • Teeth and jaw problems are easier to treat early because a child’s jaw bones are yet to harden. They are soft and pliable, making corrective procedures such as kid’s braces work faster and more effectively when compared to treating adults and teens.
  • Some orthodontic problems become more serious over time if they are left untreated. The hardening of the jaw bones occur when a child reaches late teens. For this reason, it is also more affordable to tackle a problem as it develops than to wait and treat to correct it later. This is why getting kids braces and teenager braces early makes sense on many fronts.
  • For some kids, early treatment can help prevent both physical trauma and the emotional distress that comes from having protruding teeth.
  • Early treatment is also good because some conditions such as severe crowding of teeth can prevent proper oral hygiene and lead to additional problems.
  • Where crowding is a concern, early treatment will help make room for permanent teeth to erupt and grow in place properly.

These “Phase One” treatments aim to correct the more serious bite related issues and help guide the growth patterns of the child’s jaws.