Dental braces are orthodontic treatment devices that are used for straightening or moving your teeth to improve how they look and function. Braces also make eating more comfortable, by spreading the biting pressure across all your teeth. Conditions that qualify for orthodontic treatment could be due to crowding or large spaces or small ones between teeth. Braces fix overbites and underbites.

How do dental braces work?

Once treatment commences and the installation of braces is done, pressure is put on the teeth, to slowly move them in the right direction. Due to the impact of the applied pressure, one’s jaw bone changes to allow the teeth and their roots to move.

Types of braces available at House of Dentistry, Westlands

We have the following braces suitable for your teeth alignment needs:

  • Metallic braces: Metal braces are most popular among children and adolescent patients. They work by applying the braces to the teeth and connecting them with a wire. The wire is tied to the braces using elastic ties, which come in an array of colors to choose from. To move the teeth, the orthodontist makes adjustments to the wire at your appointments every 4-8 weeks.
  • Ceramic braces: Ceramic braces are braces made of clear, tooth-colored material. They work in the same way as metal braces but are more discreet and less visible. Ceramic braces are an ideal pick if you want to straighten your teeth in a discreet and affordable way. They are less noticeable and present an affordable alternative to metal braces.
  • Invisalign (Clear Aligners): It is clear why clear aligners and Invisalign are so popular right now:
    • Clear and transparent
    • Removable
    • Allow for easier brushing and flossing
    • Faster than braces for some limited treatments
    • Require fewer appointments in some cases
    • Shorter appointments are sometimes possible

    Invisalign is great for patients who had braces when they were younger and just need a “touch-up,” as well as for patients who have mild to moderate dental problems like misaligned teeth, large overbite, no jaw alignment problems, and who have gaps in their front teeth (open bite).

    Book an appointment to consult further about the suitable teeth alignment option for you or your loved one.

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