Braces date back to the 1800s. Thanks to advanced technology and knowledge, they’ve come a long way since then. Today, there are various types of braces available, each of which come with their own unique benefits. If you’re unsure of which braces are right for you, Dr. Gladwell can evaluate your needs and make a recommendation.
Types of Braces
While there are many types of braces you can choose from, the most common options include the following:
Metal Braces: When you think of braces, traditional metal braces probably come to mind first. They involve brackets and wires that gradually move the teeth over time. Metal braces are commonly seen on children.
Invisalign: Invisalign has been around since 1997. It uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to straighten the teeth. You can remove the aligners every time you eat, drink, brush, and floss. As long as you wear them for at least 22 hours per day, they will work their magic.
Lingual Braces: Lingual braces attach to the backs of the teeth, making them invisible to other people. This option only makes sense in a few select cases.
Ceramic Braces: Ceramic braces are a lot like metal braces but the brackets are made of ceramic and bonded to the teeth. These braces prevent staining and can blend in seamlessly with the teeth.
Are Braces Necessary?
While braces are not right for everyone, they do make sense for most people. If you’re unsure of whether you can benefit from braces, it’s a good idea to see Dr. Gladwell. He will evaluate your condition, educate you on your options, and suggest the best way to proceed.
Unless you have been blessed with perfectly straight teeth and the perfect bite, braces will likely be necessary to improve your smile and oral health. After orthodontic treatment, you’ll need to wear a retainer to keep your straight teeth intact for years to come.
Benefits of Braces
The most obvious benefit of braces is a beautiful, healthy smile. It can do wonders for your self confidence and help you enjoy a happier, more fulfilling life. Your teeth will also fit together better, improving your bite. You’ll be more likely to clench and grind your teeth or develop TMJ symptoms like head, neck, and facial pain. Braces also lead to healthier gums, less inflammation, and improved overall health.
Side Effects of Braces
Despite the fact that braces are 100% safe, some people experience side effects while wearing them. If you opt for traditional metal braces, for example, the brackets can cause sores in the mouth as well as decalcification. Invisalign also comes with side effects. When you first receive them, you may notice some pain and discomfort until your mouth adjusts to them. If you find that your braces affect your vision or eyesight, let Dr. Gladwell know. You may have an underlying condition, such as TMJ.
Contact Gladwell Orthodontics Today
If you’re interested in learning more about braces treatment and how it can improve your smile and confidence, don’t hesitate to contact our office today! We can be reached at 919-453-6325.