What types of orthodontic treatments exist?

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Braces

Metal braces with brackets are the most popular type of braces due to a variety of reasons. They were invented and popularised during the 1970s thanks to the invention and widespread use of dental adhesives, which enabled many people to have access to orthodontic treatments due to its decreased cost and universal applicability. These braces consist of metal brackets which are attached to the surface of each tooth using a dental adhesive. Once the orthodontist has done this, an archwire is led through the holes found in the brackets. The tension of the archwires is periodically adjusted by the orthodontist as the treatment progresses to achieve the desired results. Metal braces with brackets are still widely used, as they have a relatively low cost, and they can be used to treat nearly any orthodontic condition. Certain patients however associate aesthetic and comfort issues with these braces, which has driven researchers to work on alternative teeth straightening techniques. If you are interested in getting treatments in orthodontics in Navan, book an appointment with Navan Dental.

Invisalign

One of the first alternatives to the traditional metal braces was Invisalign, which was invented during the late 1990s in the United States. Invisalign refers to treatment with invisible aligners as the name suggests. These are plastic trays which fit on the dental arches of patients. As they are made out of a transparent plastic, the aligners are almost invisible from an external perspective. During the treatment a number of aligners is made, which helps adjust the pressure exerted on the teeth. The aligners are removable, which is a significant benefit. This means that patients can prevent the staining of the aligners by simply removing them before drinking or eating something. The removability also means that Invisalign patients are free to eat anything they like as they do not have to worry about food getting stuck in the aligners. It is important to take into account however, that they have to be worn at least 22 hours a day to be effective. One of the disadvantages of Invisalign is that certain conditions and tooth types are not treatable with it, as the aligners could not get sufficient grip on the teeth. If you are interested in finding out more about orthodontics Navan, book a consultation session with them today.

Clear braces

clear braces

Another alternative for metal braces are clear braces. These braces essentially work on the same principles as metal braces, the main difference is the materials used to manufacture them. The brackets of clear braces are usually made out of a tooth coloured material or a transparent plastic, while the archwire is also a transparent plastic. These braces have all the benefits that metal braces have, i.e. their universal applicability to most orthodontic conditions, their relatively low cost and the ease of compliance, while also having a significantly reduced visibility from an external perspective, compared to metal braces. Orthodontic conditions can have serious consequences when they are left untreated, even if they do not seem to be dangerous. It is best to check with your dentist if you suspect that you might have an orthodontic condition.

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