Types of Braces

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Being widely used all over the world, almost everyone knows what braces can do. However, only few knew how they work and why they are really needed. In order to fully understand the benefits of having braces, patients should first know its definition.

In general, braces are used  to correct teeth alignment problems resulting from open bites, deep bites, or over bites. These conditions greatly affect a person’s appearance aside from the fact that the teeth functionality is also impaired. Teeth misalignments will keep the patients from chewing his or her food properly thus a treatment must be done in order to “move them to their proper positions.”

So how do we do this? First, patients must be properly and thoroughly evaluated through x-rays, photographs, and other techniques in gathering information about the patient’s teeth. Once all the details have been acquired, the orthodontist will create a tailored treatment plan for the patient to follow.

Depending on the case, the orthodontist will specify what type of braces must be used during the patient’s treatment. Please refer below for the most common types of braces being used nowadays.

Types of Braces

Clear Braces

Clear braces do well especially if the patient is very conscious about how he or she looks. Since these types of braces blend well with the color of the teeth, they are hard to notice and therefore won’t attract more attention.

Self-ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces can be compared to traditional metal braces however with a slight difference. Self-ligating braces are self-tying braces which means that no ties are required in order to hold the archwires in place. These reduce the friction between the slot of the bracket and the wire, thus patients are more comfortable when wearing this type of braces.

How to Choose the Right Type of Braces

As different needs arise, orthodontists see to it that the right type of braces are being applied to each and every patient. Applying the right braces can help lessen the treatment duration as well as the discomfort patients can feel during the treatment. This can also affect the results. Thus, it is important to follow the orthodontist’s advice strictly during the treatment.

Benefits of Braces

Overall, braces can help patients acquire the right positioning of their teeth, therefore, improving their functionality and appearance. The results of the treatment boost confidence for the patients to face the future with a brighter smile.

Contact one of our conveniently located offices in Centerville or Fairborn to schedule a complimentary consultation to discover your best treatment option.

Types of Braces

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