Dental Braces are devices used in orthodontic treatment to align and straighten teeth and help improve bites. In addition to that, orthodontic treatment can be a great way to improve your self-image. Various conditions can be treated by dental braces, such as: malocclusion, cross bite, underbite, overbite, teeth crowding, undesired teeth spacing and to improve facial structure.
Orthodontic treatment not only give you straight teeth and a beautiful smile, but it can also help prevent many potential problems associated with the teeth. Crowded teeth for example, can make it difficult to properly clean your teeth, leading to decay and gum disease and sometimes even teeth loss. Untreated orthodontic cases can cause chewing and digestion difficulties, impaired speech, and wear of teeth surfaces.
There are many types of dental braces depending on the materials they are made from. There are the traditional metal braces, ceramic braces and clear braces. The patient’s orthodontic consult will determine what type of braces used for each case.
The length of your orthodontic treatment and number of visits needed depends on the severity of your case. It starts with an orthodontic consult to determine the need and examine the case, then it normally involves the following phases: