Types Of Braces – Which Is Right For Me?

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Few people are lucky enough to be born with perfect teeth. That’s why we have orthodontic treatment to help make things right.

Braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment. They can correct a wide variety of mild to severe bite problems. However, without the right guidance and advice from your dentist or orthodontist, choosing the right dental braces can be quite the task. That’s why Dr Kerry and the team at Ortho3 have highlighted their commonly recommended types of braces to help correct and realign teeth for a straighter smile.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces have progressed since the early days and are now lighter in weight and structure than they used to be. They are made from a high-grade stainless steel and have metal brackets that are attached to each tooth using a type of cement. The brackets are linked to each other with a thin archwire, which puts pressure on the teeth to cause them to move slowly into the correct position. Good news: New heat-activated archwires use natural body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than in the past.

Children who need braces typically get the traditional metal type because they are very effective and cost less than other types of orthodontic treatment. Also, younger kids tend to like these traditional braces because they can have more fun with the colours.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are the same as traditional metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of teeth.

The advantage of lingual braces is that they are invisible from outside. But they do have several cons, including that they are
difficult to clean, more expensive, can be more uncomfortable at first and regular adjustments take longer and are more difficult than with traditional braces.

Ceramic Braces

These work in the same way as traditional braces, but the brackets are made from a clear, transparent ceramic material. These braces are well loved for their barely-there aesthetic appeal, which makes them a popular choice for adults and adolescents who need orthodontic treatment.

Damon Braces

This type of braces is currently enjoying a wave of popularity with orthodontists because it provides gentler treatment and requires fewer dental visits (perfect for busy mums!).

These braces produce faster results because the teeth can move on their own without needing to be adjusted. This causes less friction and pressure on the teeth, so movement is less painful. The braces are also easier to keep clean. Having to make fewer trips to your dental professional means that the process costs less time and money, too. Book your consultation with Dr Kerry to see if you are a candidate.

Clear and Removable Aligners

Invisalign is a type of clear aligner that you can use instead of metal or Damon braces. This involves a range of clear plastic aligners that resemble mouth guards, which are custom-made for you. They are removable for eating and cleaning, and you change them out for a newly made aligner every two weeks. Each new aligner takes the adjustment of your teeth one step further.

Clear aligners work best on mild to moderate problems. Being mature enough to follow directions and keep track of your aligners is a key factor in choosing this option. For aligners to work, you have to use them correctly.

There are many options to help correct bite problems. What’s best for you will depend on various factors, such as age, financial circumstances, and the severity of you or your child’s bite problem. How willing or able you are to follow through on treatment also matters.

Knowing what to consider will help you make the right choice.

Types of Braces, Bondi Junction Sydney

Ask one of our friendly staff which of our braces would solve your orthodontic worries. Dr Kerry Lester and his team at Ortho3 are happy to help and answer any questions you may have.

Book your consultation today!

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