Most people’s lives would be improved by orthodontic treatment of some kind. For many, from children to grandparents, braces are an effective way to properly align teeth or the jaw. Even adults appreciate what braces can do for their appearance; many adults benefit from increased availability and vast improvements in orthodontic treatments.
Traditionally, metal braces were used to realign crooked or otherwise problematic teeth. Their effectiveness shouldn’t but underestimated: metal braces can correct even the worst orthodontic issues. However, braces usually cause sores at first and are sometimes cumbersome throughout their use. After a patient has worn braces for a while they should cause fewer problems, but braces need to be tightened periodically and this can cause a few days’ irritation.
Many teenagers and even some adults may be ashamed by the way their braces look. Because of this fear of embarrassment, some people refuse to seek corrective treatments at all; after all, no one wants to be bullied. Fortunately, invisible braces (or invisalign braces) make the embarrassing appearance of braces a worry of the past. Invisible braces fit on the patient’s teeth and are formed from clear plastic, making them… well, invisible! Many sets of invisible braces are moulded to the wearer’s teeth, each set designated for a few weeks of use.
They are also very simple to take off – a patient can brush their teeth, drink, or eat what they like without worrying – but they need to be worn 23 hours every day in order to work properly. They are also much more comfortable than metal braces; they don’t cause sores from friction like their metal counterparts. Because no wires need tightening, the patient doesn’t need to visit the orthodontist nearly as much. Invisible braces have a few downsides: they only have a high chance of success in treating minor problems, and the United Kingdom’s National Health Service usually doesn’t offer them free like they do metal braces. Those in the United States must check their specific dental plans to see if they are covered.
Braces can also be made of ceramic, an alternative favored by adults who dislike metal braces’ appearance. They are much less conspicuous than metal braces and happen to be extremely sturdy and resistant to stains. Also, ceramic braces are much less irritating than metal braces, but it should be noted that ceramic braces can cause some soreness as well.
An attractive option is lingual braces, which appear invisible because they fit right behind the patient’s teeth. Unfortunately, not many orthodontists know how to apply lingual braces.
Wearers of braces must be extremely thorough about oral hygiene. Carbonated drinks like soda should not be consumed during treatment. Smokers should do their best to avoid cigarettes while wearing braces because they can create yellow stains. Following easy, everyday rules like these will make sure your orthodontic treatment works.