The Basics of Braces
The most common types of braces are made of brackets and wires. The brackets include wings on the side of the base that works with the slots to hold the wire. (The base is what actually attaches the bracket to the tooth.) Brackets are typically used on the facial surfaces of teeth and serve to hold wires in place. Molars or “back teeth” are typically banded to serve as anchors for the wire system. Metal bands surround the tooth on all sides and give dentists a means to attach other dental devices (e.g., wires, headgear, elastics, etc.)
Some people may think of braces as nothing but an inconvenience. Children may have a difficult time following the instructions and taking care of them, while teenagers or adults may feel self-conscious about how they look to their peers. However, braces have become much more attractive in the past decade, and they're also far easier to wear. As better bonding techniques have been introduced on the market, patients have more options to get the smile they desire
An Investment in Your Smile
There's little doubt that braces will be a major expense for most people and families, but the benefits usually far outweigh the costs. Talk to a dental health professional if you want to know more about how braces can work for your budget. Once you understand the advantages of orthodontic treatment, you and your dentist can discuss the best possible plan for you!