Braces are the most popular fixed orthodontic appliance. The precision and innovation in the modern braces are often hidden by their small size. In fact, braces are used as a benchmark for all other treatment modalities, with people often asking if a particular appliance works as well as braces. Braces straighten teeth using brackets, bands and arch wires. These deliver a constant gentle force on the teeth to move them into the desired position.
Traditional braces are made of stainless steel brackets that are affixed to the teeth. A wire is threaded through slots in the brackets and secured with tiny rubber bands called “modules”. These modules can be silver but also come in a wide range of colours. A great option for children to brighten up their smile while also making them feel involved in their treatment.
Porcelain braces are much less visible than metal braces which makes them a popular option with more cosmetically conscious older teenage and adult patients. The porcelain brackets are affixed to the teeth and a metal wire is threaded through the slots and secured with tiny clear rubber bands called “modules”. Porcelain brackets are made of very fine, translucent porcelain and require a higher level of care.
These are braces placed on the interior side of the teeth. They can be used on upper and lower teeth and give complete invisibility to the orthodontic treatment. Lingual braces are custom made for each patient. They require extra skill to carry out the treatment and are suitable for most patients who want to hide their braces. Due to the extra skill and longer appointment times required to adjust these braces, Lingual braces are a more expensive option, but they deliver the same high quality results as conventional braces.