TYPES OF BRACES
Traditional metal wired braces are stainless steel and are sometimes used in combination with titanium. Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces. These braces have a metal bracket with elastic (rubber band) ties holding the wire onto the metal brackets.
“Clear” braces serve as a cosmetic alternative to traditional metal braces by blending in more with the natural colour of the teeth or having a less conspicuous or hidden appearance. Typically, these brackets are made of ceramic or plastic materials and function in a similar manner to traditional metal brackets. Clear elastic ties and white metal ties are available to be used with these clear braces to help keep the appliances less conspicuous.
The second most common type of braces are self-ligating braces that do not require the need of elastic ties. Instead, the wire goes through the bracket. Often with this type of braces, treatment time is reduced, there is less pain on the teeth, and fewer adjustments are required than with traditional braces.
Clear / Ceramic braces can also be self-ligating, meaning the wire clips into the bracket without the need for ligatures.
Lingual braces are a cosmetic alternative in which custom-made braces are bonded to the back of the teeth making them externally invisible
(examples of which are Invisalign, Originator, and ClearCorrect) may be used to gradually move teeth into their final positions. Aligners are generally not used for complex orthodontic cases, such as when extractions, jaw surgery, or palate expansion are necessary. These braces are the most recent type of braces. The braces are hardly noticeable on the teeth and work to gradually move the teeth into their right position without the need for wires or tightening. Like traditional braces, they do require an improvement in the amount of oral hygiene because they have to be removed to eat and one must brush and floss after every meal. Instead of using the traditional method where metal or clear braces were mounted for long periods of time. Each set of aligners is worn for about 2 weeks, and they are removed to eat, drink, brush and floss. As the aligners are replaced every 2 weeks, the teeth are forced
Photos and checkup visit
At your first visit, we will take a set of digital photographs and advice Lateral- cephalogram and a panoramic x-ray for the patient.
Digant will then perform an oral exam while the Treatment Coordinator charts the information.
These procedures give us a baseline to monitor changes as primary teeth fall out and the permanent teeth come in.
Age 7 – A Year to Remember
Many orthodontic problems can be treated earlier and much easier by working with the growth that takes place in younger children. We follow the American Association of Orthodontists’ recommendation that every child have an evaluation by age 7, or even earlier, if a problem is detected.
Interceptive treatment is performed for problems that, if left untreated, could lead to the development of more serious dental problems over time. Examples of this kind of orthodontic treatment may include correction of a thumb and/or finger-sucking habit, guiding permanent teeth into desired position through removal of primary teeth, or using a space maintainer to hold needed space for permanent teeth.
While your child’s teeth may appear straight to you, orthodontists have been trained to spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. Early detection may indicate taking action or it may be a “wait-and-see” approach. Periodic visits to check your child from time to time to monitor how the permanent teeth come in are done at no charge. These checkups ensure that treatment is begun at the ideal time to achieve the best possible results.
In many cases, the positive orthodontic results achieved with early interception would not be possible once the face and jaw have finished growing. That makes age 7 an especially “lucky number”!
Just like many things in life, there is an optimal time for starting orthodontic treatment. By enrolling your 7 year old in our Observation Program, you can be assured that if orthodontic treatment is necessary, it will begin at the ideal time.
Our Observation Program includes:
- Monitoring growth and development
- Interception of potential problems at an early age
- No charge for photos and checkup visits
- At your first visit, we will take a set of digital photographs and advice Lateral- cephalogram and a panoramic x-ray of your child.
- Digant will then perform an oral exam while the Treatment Coordinator charts the information.
- These procedures give us a baseline to monitor changes as primary teeth fall out and the permanent teeth come in.
- By checking your child periodically (usually thrice a year), we can make sure everything happens in the proper sequence and intercept any potential problems.
Ask Dr. Digant : Am I too old for braces??
Beautiful, healthy smiles are possible for almost anyone. From age 7 to 70, the biological process of tooth movement is the same. In fact, the most important element in deciding whether or not to begin treatment is the condition of a person’s teeth, gums, and supporting bone. As the science of orthodontics has developed gentler wires and more “invisible” braces, many adults are now taking advantage of improving their smile. Orthodontic treatment is always a change for the better regardless of age.
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens; in fact, the American Association of Orthodontists sites that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21! Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.
Treatment options for adults
For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. Today’s orthodontic treatment options however, offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs.
Lingual (behind the tooth) braces
Traditional metal braces
Silver Smile Orthodontics also recognizes that adults and children have different needs, and require a different level of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure you receive the most appropriate treatments, and that your needs are met with understanding, respect, and full commitment from us.
Why should you consider orthodontic treatment?
- Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems.
- A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence — Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
- Mouths left untreated can get worse — Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it’s needed can create long-term health issues, and end up costing you more in the end.
Orthodontics is not just about aligning teeth , at times when upper and lower jaws are not in size harmony a surgery is performed in conjugation support of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to correct the jaw disharmony and improve an over all facial looks and esthetics. These surgeries vary from a simple chin surgery to complex surgeries of both the jaws as can be seen in above picture.
No wires !! No Braces !! for a clear beautiful smile….. check out the video below or click here for further information..