Tooth-coloured, Clear or Ceramic Braces
There are braces systems where each component is designed to be inconspicuous to any onlookers.
In this particular system, the brackets are made of a translucent or tooth coloured material which can be from either ceramic or hard plastic. The archwires that are used in this system can be tooth coloured also making this a much less noticeable style of braces than metal braces.
The choice of material used is often dependent on treatment goals and protocols.
Your orthodontist will advise as to the best choice for you. If you are looking for a less noticeable brace please mention this at your consultation, so that we can design the treatment objectives to meet with your requirements.
Fixed braces are still the most common type of orthodontic brace. Many patients require the use of fixed braces to have really straight teeth and achieve the best possible improvement of their smile. Small precisely designed buttons called brackets are stuck/bonded to each tooth.
The brackets are then connected to each other using a thin wire, called an archwire.
The wires are adjusted at regular intervals to straighten the teeth and correct the bite.
With fixed braces, there is no plastic in the roof of the mouth. This means speech is unaffected and the flavour of food can be enjoyed fully.
As the appliance cannot be removed, it acts full-time, and so it is very effective. Fixed braces are very good at achieving fine detail, and making the smile look really perfect!
During the early part of treatment, a thin archwire is fitted to link up all the brackets. Because the teeth are irregular, the wire has to bend up and down or in and out between the teeth.
This is the clever bit: the wire, a bi-product of NASA research, has perfect shape memory and will gradually return to its original shape, bringing the teeth with it.
There are different types of fixed brace, and subject to the right clinical indications, here at Elite Orthodontics we are pleased to offer them all in our practice.
When other types of invisible braces are not suitable or desired by our patients, our specialist orthodontists use clear tooth-coloured fixed braces.
These are made of ceramic or porcelain; they are translucent or the same colour as the teeth, making them much less noticeable than metal brackets.
At Elite Orthodontics we also use coated tooth-coloured archwires too, making clear ceramic braces the ideal choice for adults or any patient who wants to hide braces, and have their orthodontic treatment conducted as discreetly as possible.
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