What are Dental Braces?

dental bracesDental braces, or orthodontic cases, are devices used by dental professionals to straighten crooked teeth or correct a misaligned bite. Braces help to reposition the teeth with an aim to adjust the bite and result in a beautifully straight smile.

Braces work by placing constant pressure on each tooth to move them to the desired position. The braces are tightened at each returning visit to the dentist, applying slightly more pressure to the teeth to continue to move them into their proper position.

What Are the Different Types of Braces?

There are four main types of dental braces – metal, ceramic, lingual and Invisalign or invisible braces.

Metal Braces

Metal braces consist of metal brackets and wires. While the thought of these braces may initially make you think of the words “metal mouth”, modern metal braces are much smaller and less noticeable than those of the past. These days, they even feature heat-activated archwires that use your body heat to assist in moving teeth faster and less painfully.

Ceramic Braces

While these are the same size and shape as metal braces, they feature tooth-coloured or clear brackets to blend in with the teeth for a less noticeable appearance. Some even have the option of tooth-coloured wires for further subtlety.

Lingual Braces

These braces are the same as metal braces but are placed on the inside of the teeth. This makes them invisible from the outside, but it can also make them more difficult to keep clean. They can be more uncomfortable at first and adjustments can be more time-consuming than regular braces.

What is the Cost of Braces treatments?

The cost of braces treatment is dependent on your individual circumstances. Factors that will have an influence on the price of your dental braces, including the fitting, adjustments, retention visits and removal are:

  • The type of braces required for your treatment
  • The complexity of your orthodontic problem
  • Where you are purchasing your dental braces
  • Whether you have heath care funding
  • The reputation and experience of the dental practice.

What are the Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontic treatment gives you more than just an aesthetically pleasing smile. You can also enjoy other benefits such as:

  • Teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of plaque build-up, gum disease and tooth decay
  • Breath is improved
  • Reduced risk of teeth wear
  • Improved chewing functionality
  • Eliminated stress and pain of jaw joints.


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