Over the last twenty years, there have been several technological advancements in orthodontic appliances. In the current age, braces aren’t just used to straighten teeth but to prevent a host of other complicated health issues triggered by dental problems. Also, the new models of this orthodontic appliance have come a long way from their previous clunky appearance.
Modern, advanced braces are visually appealing and have an improved performance. In today’s post, we’ll explore some of the advancements in dental braces to help you stay informed about the modern options available for treatment.
Types of Modern Orthodontic Braces
There are different types of braces available, designed to meet various needs such as aesthetics, comfort, and functionality. Unlike their traditional counterparts, these braces weight less, are more durable, easy to fit, and offer faster results.
- Metal Braces: Modern metal braces are made of materials used in computing and outer space technology. These braces have improved flexible wires and brackets so that metal ties are no longer required to secure the arch wire in place (the horizontal wire of the brace that runs across the teeth). As a result, they don’t have that “train track” or “metal mouth” look that makes traditional braces infamous.
- Ceramic Braces: Since their introduction in dentistry in the 1980s, ceramic braces have experienced a lot of advances in their technology. They’re a great alternative to metal braces in functionality but have a major difference in their appearance. The brackets are usually made of porcelain or ceramic which either matches the colour of your teeth or is transparent. Therefore, they blend in with natural teeth way better than metal braces. These days, the wires are also being made of ceramic instead of metal, making them less noticeable.
This is why ceramic braces are now a preferred choice among patients. However, an orthodontist will examine the patient’s dental condition before recommending a type of braces that are specifically suitable for his/her condition and budget. Also, ceramic braces require more care than metal braces.
- Lingual Braces: Unlike metal and ceramic braces, lingual braces are bonded to the inner side of the teeth or behind the teeth. This makes this type of braces almost invisible from the front. The orthodontist takes the impression of the patient’s teeth and then sends them to a dental laboratory to create customized brackets. When it’s ready, he/she fixes the braces behind the teeth with the help of dental cement. As lingual braces are custom-made, they’re more expensive and involve more complex treatment and care procedures. All these factors make lingual braces not suitable for everyone.
- Clear Aligners: These are removable appliances made of transparent material which can be removed when brushing, flossing, and eating. Aligners are suitable for adult patients with mild to moderate teeth alignment problems.
Modern orthodontic appliances come in a wide variety of solutions, giving patients many options. Note that orthodontic treatment is an investment in your smile, confidence, and future health. Your orthodontist will help you choose the best treatment for you.
At Dentistry on Dusk, we’re committed to educate our patients before moving forward with any treatment procedure. Contact us for a free initial consultation today!