In the world of orthodontics, malocclusion is a term that describes the misalignment of teeth. People who want to get straight teeth and attractive smiles have several options. Traditional, self-ligating and ceramic braces are suitable for cases involving moderate to severe forms of crowing and bad bites. Clear aligners are effective at correcting mild forms of malocclusion such as gaps between teeth. Learning about all of the different types of braces will help you to make the best decision regarding which one is right for you.
Conventional orthodontic treatment requires a patient to wear metal braces. A special adhesive is used to bond metallic brackets with the teeth. Such an adhesive material dries quickly and can be scraped off easily with a simple instrument such as a dental pick. Brackets must be connected to metal arch wires, which maintain tension very well. Rubber bands and ties are typically used to apply extra pressure on teeth that significantly deviate from their normal positions. Once all of the hardware is properly set up on a patient’s teeth, our orthodontist can make gradual adjustments in tension.
Other Types of Braces
Some individuals might not want to wear traditional braces. Another option that may be better for these people is self-ligating braces, which don’t require the use of elastics. In terms of the other hardware, these braces are virtually identical to conventional braces. However, they use a special clip to help guide the teeth into the proper positions.
Ceramic braces also come with many cosmetic benefits for people who may be too embarrassed to seek traditional types of braces. Durable, lightweight and nearly invisible, ceramic brackets are designed to blend in with the natural color of enamel. Sometimes called clear braces, they are also paired with special arch wires that aren’t as visible as metallic wires.
People who don’t want to wear braces but still want straight teeth and a beautiful smile should consider clear aligners via Invisalign®. These mouthpieces are made from invisible materials that are lightweight and resistant to stains and bacterial growth. Patients should take off clear aligners only before eating, brushing or flossing the teeth. It’s safe to drink various beverages while wearing these orthodontic devices.
Learn About Your Options
Make an appointment at Petty & Bielik Orthodontics in Oak Lawn to learn more about all of the different types of braces. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started on the journey to a beautiful, healthy smile!