Metal braces are the most common type of braces for our orthodontic patients. Today's metal braces or brackets are much smaller, flatter and more comfortable than braces in the past. Cool colour ties can be added to your braces. You can choose from a variety of colours. You can mix and match the colours depending on your favourite sports team colours, or choose colours for special holidays such as red and green for Christmas, black and orange for Halloween, or red and pink for Valentine's Day!
Have you ever wanted braces but decided not to get them because you didn’t like how they would look on you? Advances in technology have allowed for a change in the type of material that can be used in orthodontic brackets. The introduction of tooth-coloured ceramics into dentistry has produced a bracket that matches your natural tooth colour. Tooth-coloured or clear ceramic braces have the same function as metal brackets but they are more esthetically pleasing.
Tooth-coloured braces are very popular and are another option for straightening your teeth. Not only will the brace blend in with your natural tooth colour but you also have the opportunity to make a statement and create your own individual look by choosing bright elastic ligatures to brighten up your smile and make your braces pop.
LIFE WITH BRACES
The time it takes to straighten your teeth and correct your bite depends on the type of problem that needs to be corrected and its severity. Once your braces are put in place, your teeth will start to move. Some patients experience discomfort during this initial phase of tooth movement, but don’t worry–this discomfort will subside over the next few days.
Braces and other appliances can make it difficult to clean your teeth. Brushing must be done at least twice daily and preferably after each meal. Poor oral hygiene increases your risk of tooth decay and can affect the outcome of your orthodontic treatment. It is important to also continue to see your general dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings during the course of orthodontic treatment.
Life with braces also means that there will be restrictions to what you can and cannot eat. Hard and sticky foods must be avoided or reduced to prevent breakage of your braces, which can prolong treatment time. Foods high in sugar should be avoided to reduce the risk of developing tooth decay during orthodontic treatment.
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