What are braces?

Brace are used to straighten your teeth and realign your bite, as well as helping to prevent teeth and gum disease.

The process involves having individual brackets (pieces of shaped metal or ceramic) attached to the surface of your teeth. These act like handles on each tooth. An interlinking wire, known as an arch wire, then connects each of the brackets to move your teeth into position. This movement will occur gradually over the entire course of your orthodontic treatment.

At Duncan Orthodontics, we offer several different braces: 

 

Metal braces

Metal braces

Metal braces are the traditional type of braces which move teeth into position with ligatures or o-shaped rubber bands. While these produce great results, they can be uncomfortable for patients. Our preferred metal braces are Damon and In-Ovation self-ligating braces. This means you don’t have to worry about elastic bands. Instead, self-ligating braces use an innovative sliding mechanism to allow for a quicker and more comfortable treatment. They also require less adjustment, which means you don’t need as many appointments. 

 

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces

For a more discreet treatment, our ceramic braces consist of six clear brackets positioned on your front teeth. The ceramic brackets blend in with the colour of your teeth making them undetectable. This type of brace is very popular amongst adults and many teenagers. Unfortunately, not every patient is a candidate for ceramic braces. If you are interested in this type of brace ask your orthodontist or book a free consultation to find out more.

 

Lingual braces

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are attached to the back of your teeth and designed to straighten the six upper and lower teeth that can be seen when you smile. Because the lingual bracket system is fixed on the inside of your teeth they are completely unnoticeable. Lingual braces are often used for shorter treatments, as patients typically only need to wear them for four-to-six months; however, this may be longer depending on your specific treatment plan. Ask your orthodontist whether lingual braces are suitable for you. 

 

 

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