Invisalign is a good option for straightening teeth, but it is not suitable in more complex cases involving underbite and severe crowding, for example. Invisalign also doesn't routinely refine final tooth positions as effectively as braces. Complex orthodontic cases are best treated with braces. The continuous arch pressure of orthodontic appliances slowly moves the teeth to the desired position over time.
The arch wire is anchored to the teeth with braces to hold it in place, allowing the braces to solve a multitude of problems. Occasionally, the patient may consider Invisalign for most of the treatment and complete refinement of tooth positions with fixed braces. The final result can be determined by the treatment method you choose. Traditional metal braces are often the best option for children (and most adults).
They are incredibly versatile and can address even the most serious cases of misaligned teeth. The wire and bracket system gives orthodontists a lot of control over tooth movement, allowing for complex repositioning. Traditional braces are made up of brackets that attach to the teeth and wires that are threaded through the slots in the brackets. Some patients may also have metal bands that surround the back teeth.
The cables are attached to the supports by tiny elastic bands called “ligatures” or “O-rings”. Brackets are usually made of stainless steel. The wires are made of metal alloys and exert a constant and gentle force to move the teeth. Traditional ceramic braces are tooth-colored, making them almost invisible.
They are fixed to the teeth and the wires are passed through the slots in the holders. The holders are made of ceramic or porcelain materials. Self-ligating ceramic braces are tooth-colored, making them almost invisible. Built-in clips secure cables to brackets.
Self-ligating metal braces are made up of brackets that are fixed to the teeth and wires that are threaded through the slots in the brackets. Metal holders are usually made of stainless steel. Elastics are tiny elastic bands that apply additional force to a tooth or teeth in ways that braces alone cannot, so that the teeth move to their ideal positions. Tiny hooks on top and bottom brackets selected as attachment points.
The configuration of the elastics can be vertical or diagonal, depending on the individual's need. Patients are responsible for attaching and removing their elastics. The elastics should be worn as prescribed by the orthodontist. Do not use more elastic than prescribed.
Doing so exerts excessive force on the teeth and can be harmful. Orthodontic patients generally find that orthodontic appliances are more comfortable to use than metal ones. High-quality materials are non-abrasive, so they won't irritate the gums or sides of the mouth (a common complaint for metal brace wearers). After wearing ceramic braces for a few weeks, usually two to four, you shouldn't feel any pain.