Malocclusion is known to have affected the lives of millions of Americans. At least 57% of Americans are said to be affected by some form of malocclusion during their lifetime, and only 38% of them actually seek orthodontic attention from their dentist. It is known to have a severe effect on individuals' self-confidence, making them feel excessively conscious while socializing with people.
Dental braces are the most sought-after orthodontic appliances that help to treat malocclusion issues. They are composed of metal or nylon wires that run through brackets fixed on the surface of the teeth. The brackets can be made from either metal or ceramic, based on the type of braces you choose. Dentists highly recommend them as they effectively help to treat most types of malocclusion.
How do dental braces work?
Braces are composed of brackets that are bonded to the surface of the teeth using dental adhesives. Metal or nylon wires run through these brackets and will be fastened firmly. The wires can be tightened or loosened to apply pressure on the teeth, which is how they move to their correct positions. Braces are known to solve some of the most complicated malocclusion issues such as Open bite, Overbite, Underbite, Crossbite, Crowding, Spacing, Overjet, etc.
Types of Braces
Traditional metal braces: Metal braces are composed of metal brackets and wires. Sometimes, Nylon wires may also be used along with the metal wires to apply pressure on the teeth. They are pretty apparent and wouldn't act well on the aesthetics of the smile.
Ceramic braces: Ceramic braces are composed of tooth-colored brackets and wires. Though they aren't completely hidden, they do stay under disguise during the treatment. However, they do not compromise on the effectiveness of treatment and offer the same performance as metal braces.
Clear braces: Clear braces are composed of dental-grade clear plastic brackets. The wires can either be transparent or tooth-colored based on the patient's requirement.
Lingual braces: Lingual braces have the brackets attached to the teeth from behind, meaning the brackets will be attached to the posterior surface of the teeth. This keeps them completely hidden behind the teeth, earning them the name invisible braces.
During your initial visit to our practice, we will carefully screen your teeth to check for signs of cavities, damage, bone deterioration, the severity of malocclusion, etc. X-rays and scans will be taken for this purpose, which also allows us to precisely map out the teeth' positions. Teeth may have to be extracted from either side of the jaws to allow the teeth' movement.
The brackets will be placed on the teeth and bonded accurately using dental adhesives. The wires will be run through them and tightened to apply controlled pressure on the teeth to gradually move into their correct orthodontic positions. Periodic consultations would be necessary to check on the progress and make any changes to the braces (tightening or loosening the wires, tending to damaged or misplaced brackets, etc.). After the treatment period is completed, you may have to wear a retainer for a few days to ensure the teeth do not move back to their previous positions.
Please do reach out to us on call or by scheduling an online consultation with our dental professionals, and we'll be glad to assist you further.