Dental braces are used in orthodontics and help aligning and straightening teeth. Regarding to a person´s bite, braces can also position teeth and ultimately improve the person´s dental health. Furthermore, dental braces can correct under or overbites, gaps, open and deep bites or other flaws regarding the teeth and the jaw. The teeth moves as a result of force and pressure on the teeth. When having braces, it is very important to keep a cleaning schedule to avoid stains on your teeth.How long do you have to wear braces?
While the average time frame for braces varies from a year to three years, short term clear braces will allow you to have the smile of your dream in just 6 months. Ask our experts about this revolutionary short term orthodontic solution and its benefits that allows you to have invisible braces, straight teeth and less wearing time.
Types of Braces: There are different types of braces. All of them fulfill a different purpose and vary in their convenience. These are the most common types:
- Metal braces
- Ceramic braces
- Lingual braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Invisalign braces.
Metal braces The metal braces are the most “traditional” and often the least expensive braces. They consist of two parts - the metal bracket applied to the teeth and the bendable metal wire which is threaded through the brackets. This applies pressure on the teeth and makes them move in the ideal position which can cause some discomfort. Metal braces in the past were very noticeable while nowadays the patients can personalize their braces.
Ceramic braces Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces just with the exception that they are less noticeable. The brackets are made out of ceramic material which is the same color than the teeth. The invisibility of the ceramic brackets is favored by many patients. On the downside, ceramic braces are more expensive than metal braces. The wire and applied bracket usually provide the same discomfort than metal braces do.
Lingual braces Lingual braces are the exact same than metal braces just that they are located on the inside and therefore not noticeable from the outside. They can be as effective in straightening and aligning teeth than traditional braces. While this concept is good in theory, patients often complain about the difficulty to speak and keep the brace clean. They are also more expensive than traditional braces. Most orthodontics don't recommend this kind of treatment.
Self-ligating braces Self-ligating braces also makes use of the bracket wire system but also uses clips and doors holding on to the wire instead of the rubber band tie system. The benefit is that less food gets caught between the braces and they are less painful than traditional braces. While these braces can shorten treatment time, they may not be fitting for every patient. Consult with your orthodontist about possible self-ligating braces.Invisalign
Invisalign braces are the most common and effective braces as they include the ability to remove the aligners to effectively clean the teeth during treatment. Furthermore, they are invisible (as the name states) and are more comfortable than metal braces. While the invisalign braces are more expensive than traditional braces and don't cover all orthodontic conditions, they are a good alternative for standard treatment issues.Are braces painful?
The answer to this question is very subjective. In general, applying the bracket to the teeth doesn't hurt. There can be a mild discomfort after the wire is engaged into the newly bracket or after a wire adjustment. This discomfort can last for a few days but patients usually adapt quickly to the tooth movement. Make sure to keep up your cleaning schedule and visit the orthodontist regularly to minimize discomfort the best way possible.What is the best age to get braces?
Patients of any age can benefit from wearing braces. However, patients at an early age (between 10 and 14) have the advantage that their mouth and head are still growing. Thus, teeth are more conductive to straightening and aligning.Want to schedule an appointment?
Lee Dentistry is located in Oxford MS. Our Family Dentists provide dental services and treatments for the whole family, and can give you the advice for your orthodontic needs . For short term braces options in Oxford MS, call 662 513 0055 or click here to schedule an appointment.