BRACES - ADULTS & CHILDREN
The word braces describe a whole range of fixed orthodontic appliances to effectively move crooked teeth to a position where they become well aligned, straight teeth.
- Teeth are able to be aligned because braces can apply a force to the teeth.
- Teeth move in response to a light, often continuous force, produced by the braces.
- During this process bone is remodelled allowing this biological change to occur.
The Specialist Orthodontist
uses skill, knowledge and clinical judgment to activate the braces by applying the specific force needed to move teeth while ensuring no harm is done.
The orthodontist strives to move teeth close to the optimum speed to be efficient and finish within the time predicted for treatment completion.
SPEED OF TREATMENT
When talking about a ‘fast treatment’ please note when moving teeth “you cannot dance faster than the music”.
This means that there is an optimum speed for moving teeth, excessive force may run the risk of a negative consequence resulting in root resorption or bone loss.
You can move teeth at an optimal pace but to finish sooner may mean a compromise treatment with a lesser result.
TYPES OF BRACES
Braces are manufactured from many types of materials including stainless steel, titanium or even gold plated metal. There are also ceramic or so called clear or white braces.
Each of these have pros and cons with many subtle differences between the different types of braces.
Some advantages may for example include that they are less expensive, less noticeable, provide colour options, easier to eat with.
Disadvantages for example include that they are more noticeable, more expensive, difficult to clean, not suitable for more complex dental problems.
The decision to use a particular bracket is best left to the Orthodontist advising what best suits each individual patient’s needs and this is done in consultation and collaboration with you.
NAMING OF BRACES (Marketing)
Searching the web and trying to choose an appliance or a particular brand of braces can be challenging for patients. If you use the internet as a source of information to find out about which braces or orthodontic appliance to use, it is important to be cautious, as not everything found on the internet is correct or even safe.
- Ensure that the website is trustworthy as some websites aim to sell or promote products.
- There are many manufacturers of fixed orthodontic appliances (braces) competing for a slice of the market.
- Branding or naming of different makes of braces is important for promoting a product.
- The internet is filled with creative marketing which sometimes suggests one type of product is better than another.
- The name of the product may include a word associated with how quickly for example the teeth could move.
- The marketing strategy may suggest that a product (braces) can move teeth faster or quicker than an opposition product.
There is little reputable evidence to support these claims. “Best taken with a pinch of salt.”
Most brands of braces do an admirable job with the orthodontist choosing a brand with features that suit his or her treatment technique. The best and safest option is to choose a reputable, competent orthodontist instead of a brand of braces with a clever name