Braces consist of metal, ceramic and plastic selections. However, orthodontic treatments are usually performed with stainless steel braces. Ceramic and plastic braces are generally preferred due to aesthetic concerns. However, at the end of the treatment, plastic braces may become stained and discolored. On plastic or ceramic braces, treatment duration may extend due to increased friction between the braces and the bracket. Your orthodontist will present possible options with you.
Braces work by applying pressure on teeth towards their desired positions. They are used for an average of 1-3 years. Adjustments on braces are needed to be made due to the change in teeth positions. In the past, braces consisted of thick steel bands surrounding the teeth. Braces became progressively smaller thanks to technological advances and orthodontic bands became obsolete or rather, rarely used.
Your dentist will attach mini brackets to your teeth using special adhesive agents. Afterwards, your dentist will pass a spring wire through these braces. This wire will provide navigation towards the route for the teeth to move. Small elastic bands called ligature may be used for attaching braces to the wire, and the patient can select from different color selections on every appointment