What are Braces?
In short, braces are a fixed orthodontic appliance that gradually aligns and straightens teeth through the gradual application of gentle pressure. Traditionally consisting of smaller modern brackets that are glued to a patient’s teeth, an archwire, and elastics to hold the wire in place, contemporary braces can vary in both material and appearance.
In most cases, braces are installed using a bonding method.
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces, the most common type of braces, are still used by orthodontists today precisely because they remain effective. Modern braces are both smaller and more comfortable than their antecedents. Moreover, metal braces allow for a unique and expressive smile during treatment through colored elastics around the brackets.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
For patients with cosmetic concerns, ceramic braces made of clear materials are less visible than traditional metal braces; they are seemingly camouflaged within one’s teeth. Despite consisting of the same parts as traditional braces, ceramic braces require more maintenance as the material is more brittle than that of traditional braces.
Additionally, the clear elastics – or ligatures – used on the brackets can become discolored if you drink a lot of tea, red wine, or coffee, or if you smoke. Dr. AlJanabi and his professional staff can recommend ways to keep your clear braces looking as bright and shiny as possible. Furthermore, the clear elastics are changed at every monthly fitting, so if they do become stained, it’s only a temporary problem.
Clear aligners, an alternative to braces, are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth. Made of a plastic material, clear aligners ought to be worn twenty hours a day for maximum efficacy.
Not only are the aligners inconspicuous, but they are also removable; therefore they do not interfere with normal dietary habits. Additionally, brushing and flossing are less difficult in comparison to patients who undergo treatment with braces. Furthermore, unlike braces, clear aligners are more comfortable and therefore less likely to irritate the mouth and gums.
Common Concerns about Braces
While braces are an excellent option for many people, they do come with some lifestyle adjustments, including dietary restrictions and changes to your oral health routine. Read about some of the most common braces concerns.
Orthodontists in Brooklyn, NY
If you’re considering braces, talk to the experts at Brooklyn Orthodontics. We’ll help you decide which type of braces are best for you. We’ll also help you feel at ease with the procedure and any accompanying lifestyle changes you’ll need to make.
Don’t wait to invest in the smile you want! Give us a call or schedule an appointment on our website today.