When would you need dental braces?
- Crooked teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Crowded teeth (which may happen during the emergence of wisdom teeth and wisdom teeth removal complications)
- Under bites and Overbites
- Incorrectly positioned jaws
- Repositioning teeth in advance of implants, bridgework, crowns, or veneers.
Different Types of Braces
These are the most commonly used braces, usually constructed of high-grade stainless steel, and fitted to the front of the teeth
Clear Ceramic Braces
Made of clear ceramic material, these braces too are worn in the front of the teeth. However, they are less visible since they blend with the teeth. They are more delicate than steel braces, and can get damaged or break more easily
Lingual (concealed) Braces
Similar to their traditional metal cousins, these braces are fitted behind the teeth. That’s why they are often referred to as “incognito” braces
These braces are built as a series of removable, customised clear “trays”, called aligners, that help address spacing problems
To avoid many of these problems, dental care professionals advise the use of braces (or other orthodontic treatments) earlier on in life. While braces are common at the age of 5, some treatments may require the use of braces for children at the tender age of 2.
The use of braces in adults may start at any age, but the rule of thumb is to commence their use as soon as an issue is detected. Generally speaking, the earlier the need for braces is determined (and commenced), the shorter and less costly the treatment can be.
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