Orthodontics deals with correcting the alignment of the teeth by applying pressure on them in a controlled manner. Some of the prominently used orthodontic appliances are dental braces, clear braces, lingual braces, Invisalign, retainers, and other clear aligners. The dentist will conduct a detailed diagnosis of your oral condition and determine the best solution to counter it.
How do conventional dental braces work?
Braces are composed of brackets and wires that apply pressure on the teeth in a gentle and controlled way to move them to their orthodontically right positions. The brackets are attached to the teeth using dental adhesives, and the wires are made to run through them. The ends of the wires are fastened to a stable support, and tightening or loosening them alters the pressure applied on the teeth. Further, regular consultations with the dentist would be necessary so that they can make the required changes and track the progress of the treatment.
What are the other types of braces?
Although conventional metal braces are the go-to solution for treating malocclusion, they are quite apparent and leave a shabby appearance on the individual’s smile. Hence, a few modifications and innovations have been brought to dental braces, which allows them to look more aesthetically pleasing. Clear braces are one such example, where ceramic or clear-plastic counterparts replace the metal components. This helps them stay less distinguishable against the enamel. Another option would be lingual or invisible braces, which are bonded to the teeth from the rear side. This feature keeps them entirely hidden when you smile or talk without affecting their functionality.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the modern-day orthodontic aligner backed by state-of-the-art technology. It is made from transparent dental-grade plastic material and looks quite similar to a mouthguard. Unlike other aligners, Invisalign is a removable oral appliance. Patients may take it off whenever they have to eat food or brush their teeth. Since the aligner is made from dental-grade plastic containing SmartTrack technology, it seamlessly retains its shape and applies consistent pressure on the teeth to move them as required. Based on the severity of malocclusion, the treatment could span between 6 months to 18 months.
As the name suggests, fast braces reduce the treatment period by approximately half as compared to conventional braces. They are backed by a revolutionary technology that involves moving the tooth roots and crown simultaneously, as opposed to moving them separately in the case of conventional braces. They consist of triangular brackets and unique square-shaped wires, which makes it easier to align the teeth in a short time span.
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