Conventional Metal Braces 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 using tiny elastics known as ligatures or o-rings. They put pressure on the teeth to cause them to move slowly into the correct position.
The braces are tightened regularly according to the progress and the ligatures are changed time to time.
Ceramic braces have brackets made of ceramic or porcelain, or in some cases plastic. They are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend into teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to be even less noticeable.
Lingual braces are a great aesthetic alternative for those who want their teeth straightened, without the braces showing. They are placed behind the teeth (by the tongue and palate), rather than in front.
Lingual braces require customised brackets for which impression of the teeth is taken, which is then sent to a dental laboratory to create them.
Depending on the severity of a patient’s overcrowding of teeth or their bite the treatment can take anywhere from 18-36 months. Like traditional braces, this product works by applying gentle yet continuous pressure on the teeth, to help them slowly shift into proper position.
Invisalign is a clear alternative of straightening your teeth. In this treatment, clear, see-through and removable aligners which are used are specially crafted for your teeth.
The aligners will gradually cause your teeth to shift their position slightly over a period of two weeks. Every two weeks, you will change the aligners for a new set that will cause your teeth to move a little more. As the treatment progresses over the following weeks and months, your teeth will straighten into their proper positions.