Dental Braces are an apparatus that are employed to straighten and align disarranged teeth to the correct position. Braces assist in addressing abnormal teeth positioning, jaw correction, better chewing form and aesthetics.
Braces are essentially made up of wires and brackets. Wires help in moving the tooth to the desired position and brackets are anchors that hold the wire in place. Contemporary braces are made of stainless-steel, gold coloured ceramic or tooth coloured ceramic.
Why do you need it?
Adult Dentition is characterised as a stage where permanent teeth replace, what is popularly called, ‘milk teeth’ and they assist in speech, digestion and aesthetics. This stage is also marred by certain issues like:
- Overcrowding and unsystematic positioning of teeth, developing into bad oral hygiene and dental caries
- Improper biting and chewing
- Crooked teeth, which causes periodontal issues like halitosis, bleeding gum and tooth mobility
- Misshapen teeth puts the person at risk of calculus deposition, resulting in yellow teeth
- Proclined teeth, causing a convex profile with posteriorly placed chin
- Speech problems
Varieties in Braces
We, at Athena, believe in choice and due to that, we have acquired a wide variety of braces that suit your lifestyle.
Metal Conventional Braces
Metal Conventional Braces are the most popular type of braces. This type of braces have come a long way and they are smaller and much more comfortable than what they used to be.
Metal Self Ligating Braces
This type braces employ a metal bracket with a lock system that mitigates the requirement of an elastic wire. These braces are extremely comfortable when compared with metal braces.
Ceramic Conventional Braces
Ceramic Braces are coloured to match that of our teeth so that it easily blends with them, giving an aesthetically pleasing result at the end
Lingual braces are heavy in nature and they’re placed on the hind side of the teeth. Although aesthetically pleasing, they can cause mild speech difficulties during the course.
Clear aligners are most commonly known as “invisible braces.” They are made of a transparent plastic-like material. They are made to fit the patient’s teeth at different stages of their treatment. Each set of aligners is worn for 1-3 weeks, at least 22 hours a day, before moving on to the next set. Tooth-colored attachments on the teeth will help aligners move teeth properly. These aligners are custom made for every person and are designed by taking impressions through a digital scan.