From retainers to clear aligners to invisible, metallic, ceramic and micro braces, there are orthodontic treatment options for people of all ages. Wrenches exist in different types, and include metal keys, transparent keys and self-ligating keys, among others. Orthodontic appliances are mainly used as orthodontic treatment, and unlike in the past, they are modernized, and when they are used, people are unlikely to notice. In addition, the straps can be fixed or removable.
Orthodontic treatment uses appliances to correct the position of the teeth. Not all brackets need to be made of metal. If you want your braces to be less noticeable, transparent braces may be the best thing for you. Clear braces work the same way as traditional metal braces, but braces are made with translucent materials.
Let's get the braces out of the way first. Traditional braces fit the teeth and are intended to correct overcrowding and alignment problems. On average, they are used for one to three years. Minimal discomfort is usually expected with braces and they are generally quite easy to handle.
Most of the time, people will continue treatment with braces with retainers. They also adjust to the shape and location of the teeth. Most are removable, although fixed retainers are also available. While braces realign teeth, that realignment often needs a retainer to reinforce it.
As an alternative to traditional braces, you may want to discuss Invisalign braces with your orthodontist. These devices are essentially transparent and difficult to detect with the naked eye. They are as effective as traditional braces, but treatment periods with Invisalign can be significantly shorter. These clear aligners should be removed from your mouth when you eat, otherwise they should be worn 20 to 22 hours a day.
If you have serious jaw problems, the orthodontist can determine that you are a good candidate for orthognathic (jaw) surgery. You may be asked to use traditional orthodontic appliances before surgery to prepare. The orthodontist can work with a maxillofacial surgeon to develop a treatment plan that improves bite, reduces pain, corrects speech problems, minimizes facial asymmetry, and more. Choosing braces over other methods, such as aligners, depends on your individual needs and the orthodontist's suggestions.
Retainers, as mentioned above, help keep your teeth in place after you've moved them. Other appliances are used as the need for them is identified or arises.