The metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word “braces.” However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious metal-mouth braces that many adults remember. Plus, new heat-activated archwires use your body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than in the past.
These traditional braces are the most cost-effective type of braces and the coloured bands give young people a chance to express themselves. They are the most noticeable type of braces. Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, they feature tooth-coloured or clear brackets to blend in with the teeth for a less noticeable appearance. Ceramic braces are a great option for those who desire the fast results of metal without standing out so much on the teeth.
Braces work by placing constant pressure on each tooth to move them to the desired position. They are adjusted at each returning visit to your dentist, applying slightly more pressure to the teeth to continue to move them into their proper position.