Understanding the Different Types of Braces
After a consultation with a patient who has been asking, do I need braces, the next most common question is how do braces work. Our patients are always pleased to discover that we offer them a choice of different types of braces designed to correct the problem of misaligned teeth and are happy to answer all of their questions regarding the effect that wearing braces has on the teeth. Your orthodontist can help you to determine which of the different types of braces can provide the most benefits for your particular situation.
Invisalign is among the most popular type of braces selected because it uses aligners that are clear overlay templates that work to move the location of the teeth in a very gradual fashion. These clear aligners make this type of braces serve as invisible braces that can barely be noticed by others, making most patients feel less self-conscious when wearing them. The best candidates for the Invisalign style of braces are adults as well as teenagers whose orthodontic bites are presenting them with problems.
Dr. Dwight Damon is the inventor of Damon braces, a system that uses brackets with wires capable of sliding back and forth in a sideways motion along the bracket. Because the use of steel or elastic ties is not necessary with Damon braces, most patients find them more comfortable to wear because they create less friction in the mouth that can create soreness. There are also fewer adjustments to this system that must be performed throughout the duration that the braces are worn, and overall treatment time is usually much shorter.
The Herbst Appliance is a special device utilized in order to enable the lower jaw to catch up to the growth of the upper jaw in patients whose upper teeth are protruding. The Herbst Appliance puts the lower jaw in a new position from which the patient can easily continue to open and close their mouth and chew their food comfortably.
Clear braces are the ideal brace of choice for many adults who find them more attractive to wear than other brace styles. Care must be exercised while wearing clear braces, however, because they are easily broken and their elastic ties often become more noticeable due to discoloration between adjustments.
Patients can also opt to wear stainless steel braces that become gold braces, one of the more popular braces colors, when coated with 24-karat gold, transforming your braces into a glamorous fashion statement. Although not the first choice in braces for kids, they are suitable for patients of all ages and for patients who enjoy braces colors.
Inspire braces are among the best braces for kids because their design makes them extremely strong and durable enough to last throughout the treatment period. Fashioned from clear sapphire, Inspire braces are much less visible than traditional metal braces, making them a popular choice for active teenagers. Dr. Nease and/or Dr. Higginbotham will gladly explain how braces work and point out the specific benefits that different types of braces can offer you in correcting specific orthodontic issues in the shortest amount of time.