What Is Dental Braces

Braces are devices used to straighten the teeth in a position with consideration of how upper and lower teeth bite together. The teeth will move according to the forces and pressure placed on them.

For traditional braces, there are 4 basic elements that are used: brackets, bonding material, arch wire, and ligature elastic (aka ‘O-ring’).

Arch wire is placed in the slots of the bracket and the teeth will move along the arch wire.

Braces are not always mundane. They can be made fun and colourful by changing the colours of the elastics placed over the brackets. In addition to traditional metal brackets, there are tooth coloured brackets and clear aligner trays too.

Not all braces need ‘O-ring’. Braces with self-ligating brackets do not require “O-ring”. The mechanics of such braces varies with the traditional braces.

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Each visit, the dentist will check and adjust the braces accordingly.

If teeth movement is not done at an optimum rate, patient will risk losing his or her teeth. This is one of the reasons why braces are commonly worn for a year or more and each adjustment can only be made after every few weeks. A tooth will usually move about a millimetre per month during orthodontic movement, but varies between different individuals.

Do you want an attractive and healthy smile? Do you want to feel more confident & enhance your image? Sick of uneven teeth which is hard to clean?

Common FAQs

How many types of Braces are there?

Basically there are two types, namely, fixed braces and removable braces. The most common type of fixed braces is made of metal. There are also tooth-coloured (ceramic or plastic) braces.

Removable braces are braces which are taken out of the mouth when you brush your teeth. They are cheaper but may not be suitable for all cases.

You will be advised as to which type is best for you.

When should I start wearing braces?

Generally in children, orthodontic treatment is started when all the “milk” teeth have been replaced by the permanent ones. However, in some special cases, it may be essential for treatment to be started earlier to take advantage of the growth spurt and to prevent complications from developing later in life.

I am an adult, will braces still work for me?

Yes, it certainly will. You are never too old for braces. However, because the bone structure is denser in adults, treatment time may be longer.

How long will the treatment take?

The length of time will depend on a number of factors, one of which would be the difficulty of your case. For treatment to be completed successfully in the shortest possible time, it is important that you follow your doctor’s instructions faithfully and conscientiously.

Will there be a lot of discomfort when I am wearing braces?

Initially there maybe some discomfort. However, your lips, cheeks and tongue will soon get used to them and you might even miss them when they are finally removed.

Will I be able to brush my teeth when I am wearing braces?

Yes, of course. It is very important that you brush thoroughly so that you do not develop gum problems and tooth decay.

Financial Consideration

How much do braces cost?

The cost of braces will depend on a variety of factors including the difficulty of your case. In addition, the type of braces you will be wearing can influence the cost of treatment.

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