Braces are used as an orthodontic appliance to facilitate straightening of teeth as well as closing of gaps. They are very helpful in moving the teeth, so that flaws in alignments and spacing can be corrected and that teenagers and adults can smile and look better as a result. They can be used as well for correcting minor issues like underbite, overbite or crossbite. (Very severe underbite, overbite, or cross bite cases among children, adolescents and even adults, may require patients to use a headgear).
By tradition, metal braces are used to correct orthodontic problems among children and teenagers. Dentistry, along with its supporting technologies, has improved a lot and has now made them quite appealing on some patients. As a matter of fact, they are regarded as a definite sign of wealth in poorer countries. But, in highly developed societies, they can be an aesthetic handicap because they are very visible and can make the wearer very conspicuous.
As a result of this trend, the market has introduced several options to make them less visible. These, undoubtedly, are more expensive, but aesthetics are considered reasonable even if the cost is higher. The parts most visible include the metallic archwire, which travels across at the front of the teeth inside the jaw, and the line of brackets on every single tooth. Because the arch wire serves as their backbone, it has to be strong, and this is why it has to be metallic. But then, the wire can feature color coats to match the wearer’s natural teeth and the braces as well.
The arch wire and the brackets are joined together using colored bands or the stock elastic variety. These brackets are made of ceramic, an aluminum oxide, and thus they are sometimes referred to as ceramic braces. The elastic bands securing the brackets to the arch wire can as well be made transparent, otherwise tooth colored. Find out about other options for straightening teeth.
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