It’s been a known fact that most people are afraid to go to the dentist to fix a bad set of teeth. You may even have a hard time bringing your kid along to the dentist to have his protruding upper teeth checked. A lot of people may not know this but there’s a special dentist who fixes teeth irregularities through the use of retainers or braces.
An orthodontist is a dentist specialist who has the skills that are required to treat the misalignment of teeth and facial development through the use of braces and other appropriate orthodontic appliances.
We know that people with teeth problems want to avoid the braces if they can. It’s a common belief that they are going to be stuck with traditional metal “railroad track” braces of the past. But modern orthodontics has offered the public with many new and better choices today.
In recent years, the experts have given braces a new look in terms of the materials from which they are made of. Today, braces have wires made of stainless steel, alloys of nickel, titanium, copper, and cobalt. Additionally, some are even heat-activated. They are made so in order to achieve the needed pressure so that results are faster and more comfortable for patients. Apart from this,Orthodontist Norfolk has made the new braces smaller and more efficient, giving you convenience as you wear them. With these wires, you have the freedom to move your teeth as you undergo phases of the treatment. And this results to having lesser dental visits for adjusting your wires.
Moreover, modern braces have become less conspicuous as compared to those in which a metal band and bracket were placed around each tooth. A lot of patients prefer to have brackets bonded directly to their front teeth, to minimize the “tinsel tooth” appearance. Our orthodontists can help you choose better options such as the clear, metal, or colored brackets. Some braces are bonded behind the teeth.
Invisible braces, along with other new products, are a revolutionary addition to modern orthodontic dentistry. These are called so because they’re made of clear custom-made aligners. Virtually invisible, these aligners can be removed for eating and cleaning purposes. Patients who have tried this type are happy of the results. Every time you change to the next set of aligners you actually see the progress as your teeth slowly shift into the proper alignment.
Another popular choice is the ceramic or clear braces: These have basically the same color as your tooth, clear, and made of ceramic orthodontic brackets. Attached to the front side of your teeth, the braces easily blend with your natural tooth color. Metal wires are still used in these braces but our Orthodontist Norfolk can brilliantly make the wire color less noticeable.
Another newest addition is the lingual braces, called so because these are fastened to the inner or the lingual side of your teeth. These are traditional braces that are barely observable. You can go through your orthodontic treatment minus the embarrassment and fear of the cosmetic impact of traditional metal braces. So now that you know the options, don’t hesitate to call us. Our orthodontists would be very happy to discuss with you which types suit you best.