There are many different types of orthodontic braces available. Each type, though made of varying components, realigns the teeth to enhance chewing, biting, and aesthetics. Available styles of orthodontic appliances allow the wearer a great amount of flexibility, control and convenience.
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The two main types of braces available are removable and fixed devices. As the names suggest, removable devices can be moved into and out of the mouth at any time, while fixed devices are both applied and removed by the dentist. Though fixed dental braces are often used to correct severe alignment issues, removable devices are popular because they afford the wearer more control over their treatment.
Individual Patient (IP) Orthodontics Fixed Braces http://individualortho.com/about/
At Family Time Dental, the fixed braces we use are Individual Patient (IP) Orthodontics. Individual Patient (IP) Orthodontics is an improved version of the standard (straight archwire) orthodontic treatment.
Instead of using a “one size fits all” bracket and archwire system like conventional braces do, IP Orthodontics uses customized braces and wires, unique to your anatomy and case goals. IP Orthodontics’ customization leads to faster, more effective treatment and better retention.
These braces are often more affordable and expedient than any other kind of braces – particularly in the case of a severe malocclusion (bad bite). During application of the fixed braces, individual brackets are glued to each tooth on the arch and a thin wire connects the brackets. Fixed braces work on the premise that consistent pressure is applied to the teeth. The appliances are modified at routine appointments to continue exerting appropriate pressure.
Invisalign® Clear Braces
The Invisalign system is a series of removable aligning trays, which gradually reposition the teeth into the correct alignment. Generally, aligning trays are worn for two weeks before they are discarded for trays which fit the new positioning of the teeth. Invisalign trays can be easily removed for eating and social functions, but must be worn as much as possible for expedient results. Invisalign is a convenient type of orthodontics, but requires commitment from the wearer.
Clear, removable braces are generally recommended for minor to moderate alignment problems. Other popular brands of removable orthodontics include ClearCorrect and MTM® Clear Aligner.
If you have questions or concerns about any type of braces, please contact your dental care provider.