Dental braces have come a long way since they were invented in the 1800’s. Today, there are many options available in braces to suit your life style, each of which offers different benefits. Currently, the most popular types of braces used in include:

Metal Braces

These are traditional braces most often seen in children and teenagers. Metal braces are the most affordable and use a system of brackets and wires to move the teeth over time.

Ceramic Braces

These braces work like traditional metal braces, except that the brackets bonded to the teeth are made of ceramic. This helps prevent staining, and they can also be color-matched to blend with the teeth.

Lingual Braces

These braces are placed on the inside part of your teeth. These types of braces are for specially who don’t want braces to be seen.

Do you require braces?

Only you and your dentist can determine whether braces are right for you. However, chances are you could benefit from treatment if your teeth are crooked, overlapping or protruding. Schedule an appointment with your dentist for more information.

What should you expect while having braces?

You can have certain dietary restrictions with most types of braces except Invisalign. Hard, sticky and chewy foods can have an adverse effect on braces and damage the brackets and wires. You will need to make frequent office visits to have wires tightened. If you have Invisalign, there are no dietary restrictions, as the aligners are fully removable when eating. You’ll also be able to switch to a new Invisalign tray every few weeks without visiting your dentist.

What happens when your orthodontic treatment is complete?

When you complete your treatment, you will have your braces removed and retainer will be given. The retainer must be worn at all times initially to help maintaining the new placement of your teeth.