What are braces?
Braces are a very effective orthodontic treatment used by specialist orthodontists to straighten and reposition misaligned teeth.
Braces correct malocclusions, including underbites, overbites, open bites, deep bites, cross bites, and crooked teeth. In addition to straightening, braces can improve dental health, because they correct crowding which makes it difficult to brush and clean teeth, and can also work to correct gaps in teeth.
The two types of braces we use are metal braces and ceramic braces.
Metal braces are the most common orthodontic treatments on the market and are extremely effective in helping to straighten teeth and correct bad bites.
The hardware we use for metal braces includes a series of stainless steel brackets, thin metal wires and bands, which can be as subtle or as brightly coloured as you would like.
While metal braces have been used by orthodontists for over 100 years, they have evolved over time to be smaller and more effective.
The sturdy nature of this fixed orthodontic treatment means that they can perform more complex tooth movements, making them the popular choice among orthodontists.
Ceramic braces are the same as metal braces, with the only exception being that they’re made out of a tooth-coloured porcelain material instead of stainless steel.
When paired with clear brackets, ceramic braces are virtually invisible, making them a more popular choice among adults and some teenagers, who may be concerned about the appearance of metal braces.
In terms of their effectiveness, ceramic braces function in the same way, and can treat the same complex bite issues as metal braces.