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Types Orthodontic Apppliances

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Types of Orthodontic Appliances

All orthodontic appliances work essentially the same way: by employing light, constant force to move teeth into proper alignment. But how we apply these forces can vary, as numerous innovations have become available in recent years. Some of the newer, less visible orthodontic appliances have been designed to blend more easily into an adult's personal and professional lifestyle. Types of orthodontic appliances include:

Traditional Metal Braces.Traditional Metal Braces — This is probably what you think of when you picture someone wearing braces: small metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth. A thin wire runs through the brackets and is attached on either end to metal bands that go around a back molar. We do not use these because they are not as efficient as the more modern, self-ligating Speed Braces.

 

Self Ligating Speed Braces --- This is what more modern braces look like. The braces do not need tie wires or elastics to hold the wire in place. They are much more comfortable and hygienic than traditional braces because the wire is held in place by an attached spring clip. When the bracket is closed, there are no open wings to trap plaque and food debris. They also allow for more effective delivery of lower force levels because of lower frictional resistance.

 

 

 

Clear Braces.Self Ligating Clear Braces — Instead of more noticeable metal brackets, you can have clear ones made of ceramic with only a small amount of metal. They are hardly visible, except for the thin wire running through, but they require more attenive hygiene than metal braces. See our blogs section for comparisons to Damon Braces.

 

Clear Orthodontic Aligners.Clear Aligners — As an alternative to the fixed type of orthodontic appliances mentioned above, clear aligners are removable. They are actually a series of clear plastic “trays” that fit over your teeth exactly. Each tray is part of a series of trays that move your teeth a little bit at a time until they are in the proper position. Your trays are designed with the help of specialized computer software that generates a virtual model of your bite.

 

Lingual Braces.Lingual Braces — These metal braces are bonded to the back of your teeth (tongue side) so that no one can see them. That is the plus side. On the minus side, they can be more difficult to get used to wearing, and are more expensive than traditional braces.

 

 

 

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