Braces – How to Choose the Right One for You?
Everyone wants perfect teeth. Well, what’s the meaning? Literally, perfect teeth refer to incredibly white and perfectly straight teeth. However, not everyone is blessed with such teeth. It is really embarrassing when you laugh and people point out your uneven teeth but opting for braces is not a friendly solution. Don’t worry, you don’t have to fix unattractive wires or bracket braces in your mouth in order to get straight teeth and a revitalizing smile. You still have to wear braces, but the invisible one!
Invisible braces are used for the treatment of problems or misalignment like-
- Overbite or overjet
- Crowded or widely spaced teeth
- Crooked teeth
However complex bite can be addressed by traditional orthodontics only.
Types of braces
Popular types of braces include ceramic, inside and aligners.
- Ceramic braces are made up of composite materials and are weaker and more brittle than their metallic counterparts. These braces use tooth-colored brackets (sometimes tooth-colored wires too) to straighten the teeth. Generally, they are non-staining materials and blends with the color of teeth perfectly. Still, they are not completely invisible.
Since these brackets are larger than the metal brackets, they need small rubbers or ligatures or built-in spring clips to hold them to the arch-wire.
Like metal braces, these braces are also non-removable until the treatment is completed.
- Inside braces, also called invisible braces or lingual braces or iBraces are attached to the back of the teeth and hidden from the view. Current technology uses a scanned image of the insides of the teeth for the creation of a special computer designed custom brackets, which are attached to the inside of the teeth (upper as well as lower). These braces are generally worn by people who are very much self-conscious about their public appearance.
Like traditional and ceramic braces these braces are also non-removable until the treatment is complete. Elastic can also be used with these braces to fuel the recovery but are difficult to be used with clear aligners.
- Clear aligners are nearly invisible and a series of removable custom fit aligners. These are irritation free and minimally invasive in nature. These aligners can be removed while eating, drinking or during special events making it easier to brush and floss.
Typically, braces are worn for a period of 18-24 months and might vary from 12-32 steps are per the dental condition.
These braces are highly costly than the traditional braces due to the technology use and the synthesizing material but are used for enhancing self-esteem and physical confidence.