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The Perfect Smile

When people smile and reveal their teeth, it feels like the baring of their soul. We feel more comfortable when our teeth are white straight and healthy. Good teeth can also make us appear younger. Here is a look at the different types of dental braces & what your dentist is not telling you.


Over the past two decades, the demand for orthodontics has skyrocketed. Why? Because of the technological advancement in orthodontics. One can now wear braces with less obstruction to your normal daily routine. There is also a reduction in the treatment time. Sadly, our teeth often “migrate” as we grow, making our imperfections more noticeable. In this age, an aesthetic smile has become very vital.


Types of braces

These days one can pick braces that are more discreet and sophisticated than the outdated metal “train tracks” below are the top three most popular braces.

1). Lingual Braces

These braces correct misaligned teeth as well as bite problems. They are attached to the back of your teeth. They are considered to be the ultimate invincible braces.

Pros

  • They can correct all the malocclusion.

  • Their results and healing time are similar to that of braces attached to the front of our teeth.

  • The teeth inner side is more robust and susceptible to calcification and decay.

Cons

  • One may develop initial tongue ulcers as the tongue tries to adjust to the new tongue impeachment. -When braces are attached to the back, they may affect your speech. This is however on a transitional basis.

2). White ceramic braces

White ceramic braces are tooth coloured or aesthetic translucent fixed braces which are attached on the front side of the teeth to aid with dental corrections.

They have a less obstructive appearance compared to the past metallic braces.

Pros

  • They are relatively easier to maintain and clean compared to other braces.

  • They are easy to fit.

  • They are relatively affordable compared to lingual braces.

  • Their treatment time is similar to that of lingual braces.

  • They don’t impeach tongue space or cause tongue ulcers.

Cons

  • They can be easily stained by materials like coffee or red wine.

  • In rare cases, the white ceramic braces can corrode the tooth enamel.


3). Removable Braces


These are custom made plastic aligners that keep your teeth in shape on A temporary basis and can be removed as you wish without visiting your dentist.

Pros

  • They can be removed at any time.

  • They are transparent hence visually attractive.

  • They can treat the majority of the malocclusion.

Cons

  • Needs constant upgrade and replacement.

  • You will need to wear them at least 23 hours daily.

  • Their treatment time is slower compared to lingual and white ceramic braces.

How to ensure your teeth remain straight

Teeth that have been corrected by any orthodontic braces tend to move back to their original position.

Most dentists tend to use combinations of fixed bonded retainers -thin wires attached to the back of the front teeth. Removable retainers -translucent moulded retainers fitted around the newly corrected /positioned teeth

Note: Retainers are worn for indefinite periods as long as you take care of them.

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