Braces are used to correct “bad bites,” or malocclusion (teeth that are crowded or crooked). In some cases your teeth may be straight, but your upper and lower jaws may not meet properly. These jaw or tooth alignment problems may be inherited or could result from injury, early or late tooth loss or thumb-sucking. Crooked teeth can be a real problem, no matter how old you are or what condition your mouth is in. You can use braces to correct misaligned teeth at any age, just so long as your teeth and gums are reasonably strong. The typical treatment duration is around two years, but your own prognosis will depend on how much work needs to be done to straighten your teeth and fix your bite.
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These braces are similar in shape and size to traditional braces, but they have clear or tooth-colored brackets, which make them less noticeable. Some dentist even offer tooth-colored wires on the braces, making them almost invisible.
Ceramic braces are a popular choice with adults. However, these braces are more expensive and the elastic used in them may leave some marks and stains on the teeth.
Traditional braces are made of stainless steel, wires and metal brackets. Due to advances, they have become less noticeable, lighter and smaller. The metal brackets are linked to one another with the help of the arch wire that puts pressure on the teeth. The modern arch wires are heat-activated and utilize the heat of your body to aid your teeth in moving quickly into the right position.
These braces are the least expensive option but can be more visible. They are available in various colored bands, making them customizable for children and adults.