Conventional metal bracesWith the advancement of technology various orthodontic treatments are available, but conventional metal braces remain the most common.
Conventional metal braces consist of metal brackets and arch-wires. These are the ones that most of us picture when we hear the word “Braces”.
However, with advances in Orthodontics, the brackets have become smaller and less noticeable then their last generations. The next generation arch-wires are heat activated and use body heat to help teeth move desirably in quick and less painful fashion.
Ceramic bracesCeramic braces are made of composite materials, which very closely resemble the appearance of natural teeth; the shade of the ceramic composite materials The translucency and clarity of ceramic braces offer a very discreet manner of straightening the teeth, compared to the very obvious metal wires and brackets that make up traditional metal braces.
Ceramic braces are similar in size and shape as that of the modern day metal braces, except for the fact that they are clear Ceramic/Composite brackets and can be chosen to correspond to the patient’s unique teeth shade. We also offer enamel coated arch wires to make them even less noticeable. Ceramic braces are smoother compared to metal braces, and will not cause irritation on the inner lining of the mouth.
These are like traditional metal braces except the brackets are bonded to the backside of the teeth so they are invisible to others. In general, lingual braces are made of metal, and a patient who has lingual braces may need more adjustments when it comes to speaking normally – since the braces are fixed towards the tongue side of the teeth in the mouth.
Treatment times vary depending on case type typically from 6 to 24 months.
Invisalign (invisible braces)Invisalign® is the latest innovations in the field of Orthodontics. They use an ultra-tech manufacturing process to make a series of custom- made, medical grade polymer aligner trays. They are strong, thin, flexible & crystal clear. Their crystal clarity is what makes them nearly invisible to the naked eye. Invisalign® aligners are an ideal material to use in the oral cavity as it is hypo-allergic, inert and biologically stable. Invisalign® effectively provides solutions for concerns regarding crooked teeth, or improper bites.
The Metal/Ceramic Orthodontic Braces are mostly used on Children to ensure that the issues with mis-aligned teeth are corrected before they can cause more serious dental problems in the future.
The Invisalign® aligners are becoming a popular alternative to the traditional orthodontic braces which uses brackets and arch-wires, especially with working professionals since they are not comfortable having visible metal/ceramic braces on their teeth, because of embarrassment.
However, treatment times are typically from 6 to 18 months.
Besides discreet orthodontic treatment, the Invisalign® aligners can also be removed manually, whenever needed – making it easier for you to Brush and to maintain proper dental hygiene. These aligners can also be removed before each meal, so there is no need to worry about food getting stuck in the appliance.
The lack of metal/ceramic brackets and other orthodontic components used in Traditional Braces eliminates the possibility of developing mouth sores or mouth ulcers.
RetainersPost orthodontic treatment – when the desired teeth straightening results have been achieved it’s important to ensure that the treatment should not relapse. Thus, it is important to retain the proper alignment of teeth. This is called the retention phase. During this phase, the gums and the bone surrounding the teeth are still adjusting to the new, properly aligned teeth. Retainers are needed during this phase, to ensure that the teeth are held in the new position while the surrounding tissues are getting adjusted.
It is important to wear your retainers in the manner and frequency that your dentist instructs you with, to ensure that your teeth will retain their properly aligned positions – and so your teeth will not go back to their previous crooked position.
A retainer typically consists of a passive wire bonded to the tongue-side of the incisors. Fixed retainers cannot be removed by the patient.. These retainers are custom-made to retain the position of each tooth to which they are bonded. After a few days you will forget that you even have them in your mouth.