Braces (more technically known as orthodontic braces) are something many of us and use to seeing and which a lot of people associate with children and teenagers. Whilst this association is correct a surprising number of other age groups, including adults generally have or are turning towards braces. Braces bring many benefits for the teeth and overall dental health, and we will explore this in a little more detail in this article.
Braces are actually used for many purposes and this is dependent on the individual who requires them. Main reasons can include:
Braces can be used to correct one issue or subsequently a person may experience several of the above issues which braces can sort at the same time. The dependant time a brace stays in position for is often based on this. Braces can also be adjusted to increase or decrease force thus achieving the results needed.
Metal braces are the most known about and still the most common used. The metal structure gives a very durable design. Today the metal used is much thinner making the brace less noticeable. This also aids easier eating and drinking. Ceramic braces are something of a recent invention and are also gaining popularity because of the ability to blend with the teeth. Some people question the durability of these as the chance of the brace breaking is increased. Lingual braces also exist which are seen as something of a backward treatment. Instead of being visible on the outside of the teeth they are housed behind the teeth. The visual aspect is obviously an advantage but higher costs and tongue irritation can be a problem. There are also more, including Invisalign for example. In addition to braces, a range of accessories also exist which can complement the brace to work better.
Caring for your mouth and teeth with a dental brace
This can obviously be a little more difficult due to an added obstacle in place. Some of our best tips for doing this include:
To find out more on this topic, visit our orthodontics section where you will find all the information you need.