Orthodontics: Types of Braces

Some are blessed to be born with perfect teeth, but for those facing problems with teeth alignment, orthodontic treatment will make a huge difference. With enormous progress in the medical field, orthodontics now has many treatment options to offer. Modern braces come in a variety of shapes and sizes with customizable options. Let’s have a look at these options:

Metal Braces/Traditional Braces

Metal braces—also known as traditional braces—have progressed a lot but they still remain one of the oldest and most inexpensive options available. Made from the high-grade stainless steel brackets and wire, these braces are fixed on the teeth until the next visit to the orthodontist, where they will be adjusted or tightened based on how your teeth shift.Braces with the new heat activated arch wires use your body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than before.

  • Pros: Inexpensive and allows kids to express themselves through the colored bands.
  • Cons: Restricts the types of foods you can eat, most noticeable, demands more cleaning.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in with teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to be even less noticeable.

  • Pros: less noticeable than metal braces.Moves teeth much faster than clear plastic aligners (Invisalign).
  • Cons: More expensive than traditional metal braces. Also, brackets can stain easily if patients don’t manage their care properly.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are same as traditional braces, except they are placed on the inner side of the teeth.

  • Pros: Gives better visual satisfaction than traditional braces.
  • Cons: Difficult to clean, expensive treatment and requires regular visits with your orthodontist for appliance adjustments.

Invisalign

Invisalign involves a series of custom-made, flexible and comfortable aligners that are customized to fit your teeth and mouth, and is a practically invisible solution to a healthier looking smile. Invisalign gives you the flexibility of time, space, and separation from your treatment to eat without restrictions.

  • Pros: Almost invisible, removable and can be cleaned by yourself regularly. Fewer dentist visits and no food restrictions.
  • Cons: It will not work in the case of serious dental issues. It is also not available for children. It can be easily lost and costly to repair, and one of the more expensive options.

Palatal Expanders

The palatal expander is a device used to widen the upper jaw in order to fit the upper and lower jaw to fit properly together or for the patients facing the problem of overcrowded teeth. It is one of the most common orthodontic devices used with teeth alignment.

  • Pros: It helps to align your extra teeth without tooth extraction
  • Cons: It may cause irritation inside of your mouth initially

If you would like to know the kind of braces we offer at Dental Arts, call and book an appointment with our team of expert Orthodontists. We are open all days of the week!

Managing Your Dental Health

Did you know that 78% of Americans have reported that they have had at least one cavity by the time they turned 17? Cavities are widely common; in fact, they are almost as prevalent as the common cold. Fortunately for us, cavities are actually preventable; by taking good care of your teeth, practicing good dental habits, and routinely visiting the dentist, you can prevent harmful plaque and tartar from causing tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease altogether!Want a beautiful, healthy smile for years to come? Here are a few ways you can better manage your dental health:

  1. Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day

While you may be good about brushing your teeth twice a day, there are a surprising number of patients who don’t consistently do this. Brushing your teeth in the morning will help eliminate lingering bacteria that can cause bad breath overnight; brushing your teeth again in the evenings before you go to bed will eliminate small food particles that might have collected throughout the day from meals, as well as the plaque that are attracted to the sugars and starches that these meals leave behind on your teeth.

  1. Floss Your Teeth Once a Day

Another dental practice that isn’t performed among many patients is flossing daily. Dental floss has the ability to clean the spaces in-between your teeth that a regular toothbrush can’t reach. That means that by flossing, you can remove hard-to-reach plaque that left alone could eventually cause damage to your teeth. Flossing can also help remove small food particles that get stuck in your teeth after you eat.

  1. Drink Plenty of Water

Did you know that there are about 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar in a single can of soda? This large amount of sugar can attract a lot of plaque that can produce acids that cause tooth decay and cavities. Instead of sugary sodas or fruit juices, try to drink more water throughout the day. Not only is it good for your overall health, it’s also good for your teeth! In fact, natural water contains fluoride, a mineral that actually helps strengthen your enamel to further protect it against cavity formation.

While all of these methods are good for managing your dental health at home, that’s not all you can do to keep your smile healthy. Visiting the dentist at least once every six months will further help keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. Dentists can perform regular exams, cleanings, and other preventative methods to keep your dental health at its best!