Braces: choice like never before

Woman having her bracesBack in the day, if anyone wanted to get their teeth straightened, they were faced with a year, or two, or even three, of wearing cumbersome metal brackets and wires and elastic bands on their teeth. These heavy-duty braces did the job, but they were hard to keep clean, and at times very uncomfortable. Thankfully, time and research have moved things on and there is now a wide range of braces in Camden for people with all sorts of different dental alignment issues to choose from.

People who are interested in getting braces in Camden can go to a number of dentists, including Ace Dental.

Each braces system offers something different. Let’s take a look at a few:

Fixed braces

These are fixed onto the fronts of the teeth and usually feature brackets and wires. The brackets are fixed at particular angles and the wires are stretched and tightened through them to create the force to pull the teeth into position. Treatment times vary from a few months to a couple of years or more for serious bite correction issues. For milder issues, the brackets are smaller and made of clear ceramic, and the wires are tooth-coloured. If the braces are for teenagers, they can often customise them with brightly coloured bands.

Lingual braces

These are also fixed braces but they go on the tongue side of the teeth. These are often made of gold alloy and each bracket is custom-made for each tooth. They are completely hidden from view, and are good for more complex alignment treatments.

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Clear aligners

These do the work of braces, but are not exactly braces. In Camden, clear aligners are a series of 3D printed trays that snap on over the teeth. Working one’s way through the whole set, wearing each one for about two weeks, gradually nudges the teeth into alignment. Aligners are removable for eating and teeth cleaning.

Front teeth aligner

A single removable appliance that works on the front teeth only. It uses spring-loaded metal bows, or sandwiches of clear plastic to align the teeth. Treatment times can be very quick, from 6–16 weeks.