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2 Types of Braces Available for Patients Seeking Orthodontic Treatment

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Orthodontics is a dental specialty that involves using different kinds of dental appliances to move improperly aligned teeth to a straighter or proper position. This type of treatment is meant to improve the patient's smile and facial appearance, and it also improves their bite. 

Braces are some of the most common orthodontic appliances used by orthodontists to administer treatment for misaligned teeth. They work by applying constant, gentle pressure to move the teeth and jawbone into the correct position. 

Orthodontic treatment with braces can be performed using either fixed or removable braces. If you are a potential candidate for this type of treatment, here's what you need to know about the two types of braces.

Fixed braces

These braces are non-removable, meaning they are designed to remain in the patient's mouth throughout the duration of treatment. These braces comprise brackets bonded to each tooth. Individual brackets are connected with a wire running through the teeth. The function of the wire is to make the braces taut so as to create the tension required to pull the teeth to proper alignment. As part of the treatment, the orthodontist will need to adjust or change the wires to ensure teeth are continuously being pulled in the right direction. 

Treatment with fixed braces is typically recommended when a set of teeth need to be straightened or when precise and accurate treatment is desired. For the most part, fixed braces are made of metal. This is because braces made of metal can withstand constant heavy biting and chewing over a period of time without getting damaged. The downside of this is that metal braces tend to be easily visible. 

Removable braces

These braces consist of a plastic plate linked with wires and are typically fitted to the upper teeth. Unlike fixed braces, they can be removed when necessary. They are typically used to treat mild to moderate problems, but can also be used together with fixed braces to correct complex problems. 

For best results, removable braces should be worn all the time. However, orthodontists usually recommend when the braces can be removed, e.g., when cleaning the appliances after eating a meal, before playing contact sports like rugby, etc.

The nature and severity of your particular dental problem will determine the type of treatment that your orthodontist will recommend. Besides fixed and removable braces, there are other types of orthodontic appliances that can be used to treat your teeth. Consult a certified orthodontist near you for more information. 


2 March 2018