Braces is a device used to align teeth and their position with regards to a person’s bite. It can be done both in children and adults. Braces can be used to help correct: crocked teeth, tilted teeth, crowded teeth and spacing between teeth. The treatment time can take anywhere from 9 months to 3 years depending on the severity of the condition.
Types of braces
Small metal brackets are attached to the front of the teeth. A fine wire goes through these metal brackets. Through the brackets and wire a small force is applied to the teeth and guides the teeth to the correct position.
They work the same way as the metal brackets but the brackets are in ceramic. These “clear” brackets are aesthetically more pleasing compared to metal ones.
These braces are fitted behind the teeth and cannot be seen.
Invisalign uses a series of clear transparent aligners that are custom crafted to fit and move your teeth. They can be removed and makes it easier for you to clean your teeth. No metal wires are involved and therefore they are aesthetically pleasing.
The Inman Aligner is a simple removable appliance used to align front teeth quickly and safely. It's ideal as a stand alone treatment or to prealign teeth prior to further cosmetic options such as bonding or minimal veneers. It has Nickel Titanium coil springs that power two aligner bows that gently oppose each other, guiding the teeth into their new position. These gentle forces are active over a very large range of movement, which is why the Inman Aligner works so quickly.
At the end of braces treatment, patients are required to wear retainers to maintain their teeth position for a period of time. If the retainers are not worn as recommended, the teeth may move back to their original position.