Fixed metal braces are attached to the teeth with brackets, bands, and flexible wire. These braces may be a better choice for someone with more complex dental alignment issues.Metal braces have come a long way since their early days. They now use smaller brackets and less metal. They’re also more comfortable than they used to be. They even come with multicolored rubber bands that you can choose to match your personality.
Ceramic braces and the archwires that connect them are clear or tooth-colored so they don’t stand out as much as metal brackets.The straightening process is the same as metal brackets, although ceramic brackets are prone to staining and break easily. They also cost a bit more
Invisible braces, such as Invisalign, are nearly invisible. They’re meant to be worn by teens and adults only.The clear plastic aligners are custom-made to fit your mouth. They fit over each tooth like a mouth guard, and are removed and replaced twice monthly. This option isn’t recommended for severe tooth alignment correction.Invisible braces may also take longer to straighten teeth than traditional braces.
The lingual surface is the side of your teeth that faces your tongue. Lingual braces are another form of invisible braces. They’re similar to traditional metal braces except that they attach to the back sides of your teeth.
Lingual braces aren’t for everyone. They’re expensive,and hard to clean. They’re also not typically recommended for severely misaligned or crooked teeth. These types of braces may take longer to work, and be harder to get used to wearing.
Surgical procedures for straightening teeth are another option. They may be a way to lessen the amount of time you need to wear braces.Your orthodontist might suggest a minor surgical procedure designed to reposition the bones and gums that help hold your teeth in place.They might also recommend a more involved procedure designed to realign your jaw. This is called orthognathic surgery. This type of surgery might be recommended if your teeth have affected your speech or chewing ability.
What should I expect when I see an orthodontist?
Your dentist may recommend that you see a specialist, called an orthodontist. Your mouth, teeth, and jaw will be examined and your bite assessed.Your orthodontist will want to know about your symptoms, including any popping sounds that you hear when opening or closing your mouth, and any physical discomfort you have while chewing or at other times.X-rays of your mouth will be taken, and a mould of your teeth will be made.If you need braces, they will be custom-made for you and put on at a later appointment.