What types of orthodontic treatments exist?
Orthodontic conditions briefly
“Orthodontic conditions” is a term referring to dental conditions, which involve the misalignment or displacement of teeth and jaws. These conditions have been with humanity since ancient times. Some of these conditions are hereditary, while some of them are acquired throughout life like asymmetries in chewing. Another cause of certain orthodontic conditions can be for example extensive sucking of children on thumbs. This can lead to the development of orthodontic conditions. The first author to mention orthodontic conditions is thought to be the well known ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates. However, orthodontics, as a speciality of dentistry, has only really developed into its form we know today during the past 300 years. Prior to the 1970s braces were mostly precious metal bands wrapped around each tooth, costing a fortune. In the 1970s dental adhesives were invented, which - alongside the widespread usage of stainless steel - has made the traditional metal braces with brackets very popular. If you are looking to get treatment in the field of orthodontics in Marylebone, book an appointment with us.
Braces and invisible braces
Braces and invisible braces both work on the same basic principles. These orthodontic treatments are based on the attachment of brackets onto the surface of your teeth. These brackets are then bound together using a component called the archwire. After this, the movement of the teeth is achieved by tensing the archwire, thus increasing the pressure exerted on the teeth. In traditional braces, both the archwire and the brackets are made out of metal. For patients who would feel self-conscious about metal braces, there are invisible braces available. The main difference between invisible and metal braces is the materials these devices are made out of. The brackets of invisible braces are made out of tooth-coloured material, while the archwires are made out of a transparent plastic material. This helps invisible braces to be almost unnoticeable. If you are interested in getting advice or treatment in the field of orthodontics in Marylebone, do not hesitate to book an appointment with us, Boston Orthodontics.
Another alternative of traditional metal braces with brackets is the use of invisible aligners. The most well-established brand of these aligners is Invisalign. Invisible aligners fit seamlessly over your teeth, making them completely blend into their environment. This does not only result in improved appearance, but it improves comfort as well since these aligners have a smooth surface. The aligners are made out of transparent plastic in this case as well, and they are often removable which makes cleaning them easy. Over the course of the treatment, a number of these aligners are manufactured, thus adjusting the amount of pressure needed to achieve the desired results. Invisible aligners have numerous benefits for patients who would like to minimise their braces’ visibility. However, this treatment type is not suitable for all patients or all conditions. Certain tooth shapes and certain conditions can limit the usability of invisible aligners. If you would like to get advice on the topic of orthodontics in Marylebone, book an appointment with us!