Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth, to improve the appearance of the teeth and how they work. It can also help to look after the long-term health of your teeth, gums and jaw joints, by spreading the biting pressure over all your teeth.
TYPES OF BRACES
These are the most commonly used brackets worldwide. Metal brackets are silver in colour and are made from surgical grade stainless steel or titanium. They are very strong and slightly smaller than ceramic brackets. It is possible to use coloured o-rings (tiny rubber bands that hold the arch wire onto the brackets) on these brackets to ‘jazz’ them up and you can alter your colours every 6-8 weeks!
Ceramic brackets are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth compared to metal braces. The o-rings (tiny rubber bands) that hold the arch wire on to the brackets are often white or clear. People tend to choose ceramic brackets for cosmetic reasons because they “blend in” with their teeth. These brackets are more brittle than the metal brackets and are usually only used on the upper front teeth.