- Braces are the most common way of straightening teeth. They consist of a series of metal brackets glued to the tooth surface. The brackets are effectively a rectangular slot angulated to determine the final position of the tooth. Tooth movement is effected by a flexible wire which is attached to the bracket by an elastomeric module (or o-ring) or a metal ligature tie. The modules may be clear, silver or coloured. The colours are most popular with adolescents who use the colours to customise the look of their appliances.
- SELF LIGATING BRACES
- Self ligating braces are similar to traditional braces and straighten the teeth in the same way. The only difference is the way that the wire is attached. Insead of an elastomeric ring or a ligature tie the wire is held into the bracket slot by a small gate that opens and closes.
- CLEAR BRACES
Clear braces are a translucent tooth colored (clear) material made of ceramic. They are most popular with the adult patients. They are difficult to see on the teeth unless you are very close to the patient. The archwire that runs through the braces are coated with a white coloured material, making it even less visible than ever before.
- INVISIBLE BRACES
These braces are placed on the inside of the teeth, making it impossible to detect braces are even there. This style of treatment is truely invisible but with the benefuts of acurate tooth movement.
- The Invisalign System is a series of clear overlay plates that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth into position. For further information, check out www.invisalign.com.au.