Types Of Braces

When your dentist recommends braces for your child or yourself, there are many things to consider.

Orthodontic Options

When it comes to the type of hardware used in braces, there are more options now than ever before. Each has its own set of pros and cons, and it is important to discuss these with your orthodontist.

Traditional Braces: This type of orthodontics, with bands, brackets and connecting wires attached to the front of the teeth, is what most people picture when they think of braces. It is important to note that there are options, like ceramic braces, which work using the same principles but that are less noticeable than their all-metal counterparts. Invisible Braces: Invisible aligners are another option. These clear “braces” are made to fit over your teeth like a mouth guard and can be removed whenever necessary.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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Top Oral Care Tips Related to ADULT ORTHODONTICS

  • Flossing – creating a flossing routine is important during orthodontic treatment. Dental professionals may recommend interdental brushes or floss to make getting in between teeth easier.

  • Brushing routine – using fluoride toothpaste and a toothbrush ideal for cleaning teeth with braces. Begin brushing at a 45-degree angle at the gum line using small circular motions. Then place the toothbrush on top of the brackets, angling down to brush on top of each bracket. Finally, reposition the brush – now angling the toothbrush up - to brush the bottom of the bracket as well as the wire.

  • Fluoride mouthwash – after brushing and flossing, you may choose to rinse with a fluoride mouthwash to help prevent cavities and white spots.