Dental braces have been around for many years. They are used by orthodontists to correct teeth and jaws and help achieve a straight and attractive smile. Braces can straighten, align and position teeth. Most people get braces in their early teenage years but it’s becoming more common now for adults to get braces too. Modern materials have made having braces much more comfortable and attractive than in the past. This has contributed to the increase in the popularity of getting braces.
Braces are a device used to straighten your teeth. They are glued on by a specialist known as an orthodontist. There's a range of different braces options available. Your orthodontist will recommend the best option for you, after assessing your teeth. Your treatment options vary from fixed braces, to retainers, to Invisalign® treatments and more, for both adults and children.
These are the more traditional and common type of braces. Small brackets are bonded to the front of the teeth surfaces and a wire is run through them and held in place with a small coloured elastic band. You can have either plastic or metal brackets.
Invisalign® treatment involves wearing a series of clear thin aligners, which are a bit like a very thin mouthguard, or tray. Each aligner is worn for two weeks and then the next one in the series is used. Because they are removable, they can be taken out for eating, drinking and sport.
Braces have been around for thousands of years. They were first invented in the early 1800s and have changed dramatically since then. They're recommended to fix crooked teeth by straightening them to help you achieve that perfect straight smile, for life.
Apart from making your teeth look great, there's also many important functional reasons for straightening teeth:
You could also consult an orthodontist if you notice other problems such as difficulty chewing or biting, if your child complains of a clicking jaw, tooth grinding or clenching, speech difficulties and breathing through the mouth instead of the nose.
The total length of time braces are on for depends on the person.. On average braces will be on for 2 years, in some cases this will be shorter or longer.
Follow the care instructions provided by your orthodontist. Try to avoid overly hard to sticky foods so they don't get stuck in your braces.