Do you suffer from crowded or crooked teeth? Are you struggling with improperly positioned teeth? Do you have underbite or overbite? Orthodontic braces are the best solution for you.
Braces are corrective appliances that consist of wires and bands. Since no one particular method works for everybody, an orthodontist or dentist will have to check your teeth and jaw to see what treatment will work best for you.
As we age, our teeth shift their position. To achieve the best results from the orthodontic treatment, braces are also adjusted to cope with changes and shifts in the teeth and jaw. By applying constant and continuous pressure over a certain period, braces gradually move teeth to their ideal positions.
Brackets are a component of braces; they are small squares that are attached directly to each tooth using a special bonding agent. Like handles, brackets hold the archwires in place while they are cemented to the teeth. As these wires are tightened, the brackets also press on the teeth. Brackets are usually available in stainless steel, ceramic and plastic.
Acting as anchors for the brackets, orthodontic bands are wrapped around each tooth. They are available in clear, tooth-colored and stainless steel. Not all patients have bands around their teeth. In some cases, patients only have brackets.
Spacers are fitted between teeth, serving the sole purpose of separating them. Before orthodontic bands are placed, spacers are fixed to produce a space big enough for orthodontic bands to be fixed.
Archwires are attached to the brackets, which help guide the positioning and movement of the teeth in the desired direction. To fasten archwires, small rubber rings called ties are used. Springs are also integrated with the archwires to allow ease of pushing or pulling.
If you want to learn about the best option for your orthodontic issues, it is best to discuss them with an orthodontist, who can determine the treatments available to you.