Braces are applied to teeth for various reasons, including poorly aligned jaws, crooked, crowded and missing teeth, or a bad bite (also called malocclusion). Children between the ages of 7 and 14 are typical candidates for braces because their facial structures are still developing. Adult braces usually entail additional procedures because their faces have already fully developed.
Mobile dental braces are made of plastic base which can be in various colors and designs, on which wires are attached to correct the teeth position while wearing the brace. According to teeth impressions and necessary corrections, mobile braces are made in the dental laboratory.
Fixed dental braces contain plates of metal or clear plastic, called brackets, which are attached to the teeth. These plates are connected by a thin wire, with which teeth are tensed in the right direction. Advantages of fixed dental braces are reflected in the shorter gestation length, as it is constantly in the mouth and therefore the pressure on the teeth is permanent. Fixed braces are created directly on the teeth of the patient.
Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. So, you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign is made with 3D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective.
Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time in your doctor’s office getting adjustments. Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
The most people (kids and adults) who have braces have to wear a retainer for at least a little while after getting their braces taken off. Other people wear them to close gaps in their teeth, to help with speech problems, or to solve certain medical problems.