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What are Dental Braces?
Dental braces are devices that orthodontists prescribe for dealing with situations requiring straightening or re-aligning of teeth.
The objective of dental braces is therefore not only to help align teeth in relation to a patient’s “bite”, but to also address issues related to improved oral care.
Common types of braces include:
These are the most commonly used braces, usually constructed of high-grade stainless steel, and fitted to the front of the teeth
Clear Ceramic Braces
Made of clear ceramic material, these braces too are worn in the front of the teeth. However, they are less visible since they blend with the teeth. They are more delicate than steel braces, and can get damaged or break more easily
Lingual (concealed) Braces
Similar to their traditional metal cousins, these braces are fitted behind the teeth. That’s why they are often referred to as “incognito” braces
The most common usage of dental braces are to rectify conditions such as Malocclusion(misalignment between the teeth), or Deep bites, Under bites and Over bites (as a result of misalignment between the lower/upper jaws).
In conjunction with other potential treatments, dentists or orthodontists may use appliances (such as dental braces) to widen jaws or the palate to help shape teeth and jaws.
When Would You Need Dental Braces?
Dental braces are a common remedy, both in children and adults, to either correct or prevent certain dental conditions.
While the above list in representative of the main reasons why dental braces might be prescribed by an orthodontist or dentist, ignoring treatment (or the use of braces) could lead to other health issues such as gum diseases, tooth decay, ear aches and headaches.
To avoid many of these problems, dental care professionals advise the use of braces (or other orthodontic treatments) earlier on in life, as growth can be ultilised to rectify some of the problems with occlusion. However, anyone at any age can have braces. Generally speaking, the earlier the need for braces is determined (and commenced), the shorter and less costly the treatment can be.
Disclaimer: Information on this page is adapted from the Australian Dental Association Inc.
Medical and Detnal conditions are complex, you should not rely on information provided here for self-diagnosis and treatment/prescription