Dental Braces and Aligners
Braces and aligners are orthodontic devices used to straighten teeth and correct malalignments in the jaw. They are commonly used in orthodontic treatment to improve dental aesthetics, bite functionality, and overall oral health.
Dental braces consist of metal or ceramic brackets that are bonded to the teeth, connected by archwires, and held in place by elastic bands or other mechanisms. The brackets apply controlled pressure to the teeth. Orthodontists adjust the braces periodically to ensure proper alignment. Braces are effective for correcting various orthodontic issues, including crowded or crooked teeth, gaps, overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
Aligners are a more recent alternative to traditional braces. They are transparent, custom-made, removable trays that fit on the teeth. The aligners apply gentle and controlled force to gradually shift the teeth. Each set of aligners is worn for a specific period, typically two weeks, before being replaced by the next set in the series. The process continues until the teeth have moved to their final alignment.
When does one need braces and aligners?
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What are the advantages of braces and aligners?
Effective for complex cases: Braces are highly effective for the treatment of a wide range of orthodontic issues, including severe malalignments, complex bite problems, and overcrowding of teeth.