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The Full Guide of Having Braces

These days it is quite common to have braces, but it is still normal to have questions if you do regarding the process. Braces can be quite the investment, so it is important to know exactly how you can make the most out of them and what to expect from your orthodontist when you go for your orthodontic treatments. This article will provide you with all the basics regarding braces, so make sure to give it a thorough read before you actually get them.

What is the mechanism behind braces?

Pressure is applied with the help of braces to your teeth and the bone structure which enables the position of the teeth to change so that they are well aligned together. Majority of the time, rubber bands are also attached to braces that further help with the realignment in case the teeth are very overlapped or have big gaps between them. For further support, there are also head gears that wrap around the head and attach to the braces.

How to get them?

Your orthodontist will let you know when you can start the treatment. For this part it is highly important that you get a professional and experienced orthodontist who will ensure smooth alignment of your teeth. You should also check with your insurance provider to see if they have orthodontists in their networks that are covered with the insurance plan. It is extremely important that you go to an orthodontist for braces and not a dentist, because dentist don’t usually specialize in the alignment of the teeth. Orthodontists have the right knowledge, as well as equipment for braces.

What type of braces should I get?

Your orthodontist will have several options of braces to choose from. The most popular ones are:

  • Metal braces: these are the most widely used ones which have metal brackets and bands, which the orthodontist will fix on your teeth with the help of using a mould of your mouth first. The bands are strung together in the brackets.
  • Ceramic braces: These braces function similar to the metal braces but they are not as noticeable because the ceramic is tinted to match the colour of your teeth so they blend in better. People usually claim to find ceramic braces more comfortable as compared to the metal braces.
  • Lingual braces: these braces are fixed on the back of your teeth, which make it seem like you have no braces at all. They often tend to be uncomfortable but they are a great option for people who are conscious about how they look.
  • Invisalign: These braces are the most expensive ones out of all of them. They are more like plastic trays then braces and they can also be removed. Invisaligns are also a lot more comfortable than braces themselves so they tend to be a popular option these days.

You have to make sure whether your orthodontist has the option of braces you want because sometimes they wont have all of them.