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Improve form and function with braces
Straightening crooked teeth with braces is not a new practice. In fact, the history of orthodontics goes all the way back to ancient Egypt. Archeologists have found evidence of braces used on Egyptian mummies. Greeks, Etruscans and Romans also practiced a form of orthodontics using metal or gold bands that wrapped around the teeth in an attempt to bring them into proper alignment.
Luckily for us, the field of orthodontics has evolved and we now have a wide range of braces for both adults and children that can straighten teeth effectively and relatively comfortably.
Why straighten teeth?
There are a lot of reasons to straighten crooked teeth. Crooked teeth can cause chewing or speaking problems. They can also be harder to keep clean, upping the risk of dental issues like gum disease and tooth decay.
Malocclusion – an incorrect relationship between your top and bottom teeth – can:
- cause abnormal tooth wear
- stress bones and gum tissues
- lead to jaw joint issues
To top it all off, crooked teeth are, in most cases, simply less attractive that straight teeth.
An array of options
There are many types of braces available today. Each type offers up a different set of advantages:
Metal braces: Also known as regular braces, today’s metal braces use stainless steel or titanium brackets that are attached to your teeth. The brackets hold archwires that move your teeth into the correct position. They are the least expensive option but are the most noticeable.
Ceramic or clear braces: Clear braces are very similar to metal braces except the brackets are tooth coloured. This makes them less noticeable. The downside is expense. They tend to cost more than metal braces. If you don’t take care to clean them well, the ceramic brackets can stain.
Invisible braces: Invisalign is a new technology that uses clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth almost invisibly.
You don’t have to be a child to benefit from braces; teeth can be moved at any age. After an exam and consultation, Chestermere orthodontist Dr Lowry will be able to advise you on which type of braces would work best for your individual needs.
If you are ready to investigate the advantages of straightening crooked teeth, please schedule a consultation.