Dental braces (also known as braces, orthodontic cases, or cases) are devices used to align and straighten teeth and help to position them with regard to a person’s bite, while also working to improve dental health. At Wisdom Dental Clinics we correct all types of malocclusions, overbites, underbites, open bites, deep bites, cross bites, crooked teeth, and various other flaws of the teeth and jaw.
Braces can be either cosmetic or structural. Dental braces are often used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances to help widen the palate or jaws and to otherwise assist in shaping the teeth and jaws.
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” or “ceramic” 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 aligners, also known as clear-aligner treatment, are devices that uses incremental transparent aligners to adjust teeth as an alternative to dental braces. They are used to gradually move teeth into their final positions. Clear aligners 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.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 to move to fit the new mold. The total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn is between 18 and 30.
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