If you have crooked, misaligned, overlapping or overcrowded teeth, your dentist will recommend braces, but he or she has to examine your teeth and request for an X-ray first. This is important in identifying the braces that will best treat you and do so quickly. Here is everything you need to know about braces:
Your dentist may inform you that there are different types of braces, which may differ in how they look, how they work, how they are placed on your teeth and their price. They'll also explain which options suit your dental condition best. You can then choose one of the options recommended, depending on cost and aesthetics.
The Most Recommended Braces
- Traditional braces: These are the most common types of braces that are made up of metallic brackets and a wire that passes through the brackets. The brackets are attached on the front surface of your teeth, and then the wire threaded through these brackets is wound tight to pull your teeth towards the right position. As your teeth get back in the correct position, the wire loosens; that is why your dentist will inform you that you need to visit the dental clinic regularly for wire tightening.
- Lingual braces: If you feel your looks might be affected by the appearance of traditional braces, you can choose lingual braces that are traditional braces with brackets attached on the back surface of your teeth.
Sometimes, you might hate the taste of metal or even the appearance of metal. If this is the case, you can choose the following braces:
- Porcelain/ceramic braces: These are like traditional braces in construct, but instead of utilising metallic brackets, ceramic/porcelain brackets are used. The wire is also coated white to make it visually pleasing and prevent a metallic taste.
- Invisalign and ClearCorrect: These resemble clear/colourless mouthguards. They are not suitable for everyone or all teeth misalignment or crooked conditions. Choose them if your dentist says they are an option and when you want braces you can remove from your mouth occasionally.
If the above braces are to be classified based on cost, the cheapest are traditional braces, followed by lingual, porcelain then Invisalign and ClearCorrect. It is, however, recommended not to consider price first, but to ask your dentist which braces have a quicker and better outcome, then start looking at factors like aesthetics and price.
For more insight, contact orthodontists who specialize in braces.