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What Are the Options for Braces?

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Braces have been used for many generations to improve the appearance and function of teeth. They are initially awkward, but the results are impressive and long-lasting, provided we look after our teeth.

We might need braces if:

– Crooked teeth
– Crowded teeth
– Teeth with some gaps
– One or more teeth that protrude
– Have an overbite
– Have an underbite
– Suffer crossbite
– Have jaws that do not fit neatly together
– Have an incorrectly positioned jaw.

Types of Braces Miller

There are four main types of braces, as well as one or two alternatives to braces.

Metal Braces

These have been the most common type of braces for many years, and will fix most orthodontic problems.

Metal braces consists of metal brackets on the front of each tooth, linked by a metal wire on top and a metal wire on the bottom. Modern metal braces are smaller than older designs, and cause less irritation on the gums, but still work by the same basic principles.

Braces work by putting constant pressure on the teeth. This moves the individual teeth into a neat, functional alignment. The process takes about two years, varying with the individual tooth issues. A retainer is often worn after the braces are removed, to maintain the new position of the teeth.

Ceramic Braces

These work on the same principle as metal braces, except the individual brackets are clear or tooth coloured. This greatly helps them blend in with the other teeth. Sometime the wire is also the same colour as the teeth.

Ceramic braces are less noticeable than metal, though the material can stain if they are not looked after correctly.

Lingual Braces

These are similar to metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are positioned behind the teeth rather than in front. This has the advantage of making the braces virtually unnoticeable. The disadvantage is that it makes speaking more difficult as the braces are next to the tongue. Cleaning is also more difficult.

Lingual Braces are sometimes preferred by adults who don’t want to be seen wearing braces. They are very effective for straightening teeth, though they may not be suitable for some jaw alignment issues.

Adult Braces Camden

It is best to have braces fitted at the earliest age possible, so we can benefit from the straight teeth when we are young adults. But it is quite possible to have braces as an adult, or at any point once the permanent teeth are in place.

Adults might use lingual braces because they do not affect the appearance very much. Or they might choose Invisalign.


This is an alternative to braces. It uses a series of clear plastic mouth guards that steadily move teeth into place. These mouth guards are not noticeable, and are removable for eating and drinking. They might also be removed for public speaking. The process also takes a little longer than traditional braces.

Invisalign is more expensive than most braces, and it will not be suitable for jaw alignment problems. But for moderate tooth alignment problems they are a good option.

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Having braces fitted now means neater, better functioning teeth for the rest of our life. Talk to the dentist about the smile you deserve to have.

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