All About Braces
When most people think of braces, they immediately think of children with crooked teeth. Keep in mind that more adults than ever are looking to correct their crooked teeth and jaw misalignment too. Most people do not know that wearing braces in the United States is very common and people would likely be surprised to find that number is roughly 4 million at any given time. With that many people currently wearing braces at this moment, it is one way to not feel alone when wearing braces.
Patients need to realize that wearing braces is not an instant fix. It takes a great deal of time to move the teeth to their appropriate spaces, sometimes taking years to reach treatment goals. One thing to keep in mind, there are now more options than simply traditional metal braces. Some braces are now manufactured out of ceramic. Others are not glued to the teeth anymore. There are times people are terrified to draw attention to their braces which makes them reluctant to get them, now they can come in a multitude of colors. For those interested in finding out more about braces, please contact us at Smile Dental Care.
Types of Braces
The same concept is used through all types of braces. They all apply pressure gently and constantly to shift teeth and to get them into their appropriate places in the patient’s mouth. It does not matter if brackets, wires, or the clear alignment trays, they all use the same technique.
One offering is braces that are made out of ceramic. These are chosen frequently because they can be colored to match any shade of the patient’s teeth. They can easily blend in if the patient wants them to. If they would rather have them stand out, they can get those too. They come in a variety of bright colors. Appealing for numerous reasons, ceramic braces are far less expensive than alignment trays and only take 18 to 36 months for the treatment cycle to be completed. Since they are not made of metal, they will not affect x-ray imagery used during preventative dentistry procedures. However, they are a bit more expensive than traditional braces.
Another option that utilizes the same principles as traditional braces are known as lingual braces. They are called lingual because the brackets and wires are on the tongue or lingual side of the teeth. They are much less noticeable than traditional braces.
One drawback to lingual braces is they cannot be used for severe cases. They are not considered appropriate to treat either overbites or occlusion issues. Also, lingual brackets tend to come off more frequently than those applied to the outer surface of the tooth.
Whether looking for traditional braces or one of the other options available, it is important to fully understand what each treatment course takes to complete as well as the type of braces you would like to receive. Come see us today to find out all of the details at Smile Dental Care. We are giving phone consultations at this number 872-266-2202. Why not call us to get things started today? We can schedule your appointment at the same time.