Orthodontists use dental braces to help move your teeth into a better position in your mouth so that they look and function better.
There are now many different types of braces available.Here are some of the main types.
Traditional braces are where brackets are chemically bonded to each tooth.
The brackets may be metal or ceramic. Wire is run through the brackets to move the teeth.
Ligatures are then used to keep the wire in place.
Traditional braces are still one of the most recommended options by orthodontist and are very effective in moving teeth.
Self Ligating braces do not use ligatures and they are best known by the brand Damon Braces.
These braces can have a quicker treatment time and require fewer visits to your orthodontist.
Lingual braces are similar to traditional braces but the brackets go on the back of the tooth.
These are used when the cosmetic appearance is important.
Invisible braces have become very popular under the Invisalign brand because of their cosmetic benefits.
Patients are given plastic trays called aligners to move the teeth and these are swapped out about every 2 weeks.
The best choice for you will depend on your dental needs and personal preferences.
Your dentist or orthodontist will advise you on the best option for you.