What are Braces ?
Braces are dental tools that help correct problems of your teeth like crowding, crooked teeth, or teeth that are out of alignment. Many people get braces when they’re teenagers, but adults get them too. As you start wearing them, braces slowly straighten and align teeth so you have a normal bite. Few people get braces to adjust their smile.
Types of Braces
Braces are the most popular way to straighten teeth and correct misaligned bites in children as well as adults. There are various types of braces.
- Metal/traditional braces: Traditional braces are made up of metal. They include brackets that are attached to the front of teeth or bands that fit around each tooth, as well as flexible wires .
- Ceramic braces: The brackets in traditional braces are now also made in tooth-colored ceramic. They can also be made with stainless steel, clear materials, or gold.
- Lingual braces: The brackets on these braces are attached to the backs of your teeth, facing your tongue. Lingual braces are harder to see.
- Clear aligners: These are clear plastic trays that fit snugly onto your teeth. They use pressure to gently move your teeth into the correct positions and straighten your smile.