Type of Braces
Pre-teen treatment (AGE 8 onwards)
One of the most commonly seen habits in children that adversely impacts jaw structure and teeth alignment is thumb sucking. In the growing up years if a child persists with this habit, it causes a significant misalignment of their teeth. However, with the Orthodontic treatment this problem can be corrected for the child.
A permanent solution to teeth alignment issues has been the usage of braces. Orthodontic treatments can be carried out with a removable brace or fixed braces. A removable brace is a simple plate which can be taken out to be cleaned up. It has fine wires and springs attached that move the teeth using gentle pressure. Whereas, a fixed brace is used when the teeth need to be guided more accurately. These have brackets and bands which are temporarily stuck to the teeth. A flexible wire joins all the brackets and allows the teeth to be moved. Since this can’t be taken out by the patient, it is called a fixed appliance. Fixed braces are not always made up of metal. Other materials such as plastics or ceramic can also be used, especially for adults.
These are the most common type of braces. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. With the evolution of time, research and technology, braces are no longer significant and bulky somewhat; now they are smaller, more comfortable and aesthetically acceptable.
This is a relatively newer development in Orthodontics wherein due to the ceramic base, these braces are less visible and more comfortable.
Power Self Ligating Braces
Self-ligating braces use little metal doors to hold the wires instead of elastic ties. Some of the primary advantages of self-ligating braces are that it can speed up the first stage of Orthodontics. Add to that since the metal doors are smaller than the ties, they can be easier to clean in some cases.