Dental braces are now very popular, as they serve as effective treatment for misaligned teeth and for closing gaps between teeth, among other uses. They work by gently pushing teeth into correct alignment. Correctly aligned teeth can improve your smile, make your teeth easier to clean and help alleviate headaches, jaw and facial pain.
How dental braces work
Dental braces work by exerting gentle pressure over time on misaligned teeth with the aim of moving them back to their correct positions. They comprise brackets that are attached to each tooth by a band and an arch wire, a thin metal wire that runs from bracket to bracket. Traditional braces are generic, and they are manufactured to fit all teeth. As would be expected, a generic brace manufactured to fit all teeth may be unable to move the tooth completely to the correct position in some people.
Custom braces utilise brackets and wires created to fit your own teeth and only your teeth. The brackets are precisely calculated to effect movement of each tooth in the most optimal way to deliver fast, accurate and predictable results.
Each bracket has its own prescription of tip and torque so that when the arch wire is placed into the slot of the bracket, it can move each tooth to its precise position.
Other advantages of custom braces
Modern technology enables the use of advanced software to create treatment plans tailored to the individual patient. This customised approach results in more precise end results and faster treatment times. In addition, custom braces come in a variety of designs and bracket systems. This makes it easier for everyone to find a system that suits their budget and needs.
The use of 3D software also makes it possible for the patient to visualise the finished results before undergoing the procedure. The software takes into account facial features and symmetry, and, in conjunction with the representation of the exact tooth position, the dentist is armed with meticulous detail which facilitates development of a treatment plan that produces accurate and predictable results.
Modern custom braces have excellent aesthetics, and they can be used to treat a variety of orthodontic problems successfully. Some custom braces can be fixed to the inner surface of the teeth, making them virtually invisible. Their brackets are individually designed to fit the contours of the teeth. With the accompanying custom made wires, they are excellent for teeth straightening without people observing the presence of the appliance.
Straightened teeth can gradually move back towards their original position. Wearing retainers after teeth straightening treatment helps keep the teeth in their new position. A retainer is a removable, custom-made appliance, which can also be used to treat other minor orthodontic problems.