Braces: Damon & Metal Teeth Braces
Dental braces are wire-based devices used to align and straighten over-crowded and misaligned teeth. The goal of braces is to properly align the teeth and jaws to produce an even bite, whilst also working to improve dental health. There are many variations on the market, and fortunately in recent year’s dental braces have become much more comfortable, and less intrusive to wear.
Many people choose braces to enhance their appearance, but braces also serve a crucial dental health role. Poorly aligned teeth can make teeth difficult to clean, which can result in tooth decay and gum disease, as well as contributing to speech and chewing difficulties, and excessive wear to certain teeth. Braces can prevent these types of problems before they become severe.
Incognito Lingual Braces
Patients who would like to minimise the appearance of braces should consider lingual braces.
Lingual braces are very similar to conventional metal braces except that the brackets are bonded to the back side or lingual (tongue) side of the tooth. This means that even during orthodontic treatment, you can smile with confident, clear teeth. Most people won’t even know you are wearing braces!
The purpose of positioning the brackets on the back sides of the teeth is solely to minimise their appearance.
Patients who are seeking the most affordable dental braces should consider conventional metal braces, which continue to be an extremely cost-effective option.
Metal braces consist of brackets, an arch wire, and elastic bands. Brackets are small, metal devices that are bonded to the front surface of each tooth. Brackets today are smaller and smoother than the brackets of just a few years ago. The arch wire is a single wire that is attached to each of the brackets and provides the force to move the teeth.
Patients who would like to minimise the appearance of braces should also consider clear braces.
These braces are quite similar to standard metal braces except that the brackets are made from a ceramic (composite material) rather than from metal. The ceramic is either clear or tooth-coloured, so that they blend with your teeth and are less noticeable than standard metal braces.
Patients who are seeking a more comfortable option for braces should consider Damon braces, which use less force.
Damon braces, also known as self-ligating braces, are very similar to standard metal braces, except the metal brackets are smooth with rounded edges and are specially designed with a hinged opening to hold the arch wire in place.
What can I expect during treatment?
During treatment we will teach you how to keep your braces clean by brushing and flossing. It's important to practice good oral hygiene while wearing braces so that the surface of your teeth and your gums stay healthy. We will also explain how to cover a wire or bracket with wax if it is irritating your cheek or gums.
How do I get started?
At your first visit to Lifestyle Orthodontics, we will examine your teeth, mouth, and jaw. We will also take Orthodontic records (photographs and x-rays). After determining your orthodontic needs, we will discuss the different types of treatment options, highlighting which treatment would be best for you, and outlining expected duration and costs of treatment.