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Are you a suitable candidate for braces?

Misaligned teeth and jaws mean patients are placing a greater importance on correcting their teeth alignment. As such, orthodontic treatment is popularly sought after to address the discomfort and embarrassment associated with crooked teeth. This leads to asking the question: what braces are suitable for me?

Obviously, the complexity of your individual condition is going to make a difference on the type of braces you get. Let’s learn more:

Traditional Braces
Corrective appliances such as plates, braces, a wire and aligners are commonly used to correct the position of one’s teeth. These traditional braces could benefit you if you’re experiencing either minor or serious orthodontic problems such as widely spaced teeth, crowded teeth, cross-bites, over-bites and under-bites
[1].

They offer the practicality of improving your chewing and speech. Traditional braces are suitable for children, teens and adults. Typically, they are worn for at least 12 months, depending on the state of your teeth. Every six weeks, your dentist will tighten your braces in order to manipulate and continue rotating complicated teeth.

Invisalign
In today’s cutting-edge world, you’ve most likely heard of Invisalign; or at least seen people wearing “invisible” braces. They’re a series of custom-fitted, removable teeth aligners that are transparent and do not require the use of bands or wires
[2]. This makes them a popular alternative to correcting misaligned teeth and jaws without having to wear traditional braces.

The appeal is the convenience. Since Invisalign is removable, you can eat what you want, when you want – which promotes low maintenance when it comes to cleaning your teeth. And while you’ll notice an alignment difference in just a few months, Invisalign isn’t for everybody[3]. They tend to be suitable for correcting the placement of less-serious cases of misaligned teeth since they can’t rotate teeth[4]. They’re also only tailored for adults and teenagers.

At the end of the day, a visit to a qualified dental practitioner (or an orthodontist) will determine the correct orthodontic treatment for your situation. While you may feel you’re a candidate who meets the qualifications for braces or Invisalign, a consultation will reveal an appropriate solution and provide a chance to discuss your expectations with a professional.

References:

Kerr, W. J., I. B. Buchanan, and J. H. McColl. “Use of the PAR index in assessing the effectiveness of removable orthodontic appliances.” British journal of orthodontics 20, no. 4 (1993): 351-357.

S. Petren et al. (2011) “Orthodontics: Fixed braces best and cheapest, research suggests” Department of Orthodontics, Malmö. Last modified October 20 2011.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111020084814.html

“What is Invisalign?” last modified April 26, 2015. http://www.invisalign.com.au/en/what-is-invisalign/Pages/What-is.html


[1] S. Petren et al. (2011) “Orthodontics: Fixed braces best and cheapest, research suggests” Department of Orthodontics, Malmö. Last modified October 20 2011. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111020084814.html

[2] “What is Invisalign?” last modified April 26, 2015. http://www.invisalign.com.au/en/what-is-invisalign/Pages/What-is.html

[3] Kerr, W. J., I. B. Buchanan, and J. H. McColl. “Use of the PAR index in assessing the effectiveness of removable orthodontic appliances.” British journal of orthodontics 20, no. 4 (1993): 351-357.

[4] “What is Invisalign?” last modified April 26, 2015. http://www.invisalign.com.au/en/what-is-invisalign/Pages/What-is.html

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