Types of Braces
Metal braces are made from medical grade stainless steel and are the most common type of braces used to straighten teeth. most teenagers have fun choosing coloured elastic rings to customise the look of their braces.
Ceramic braces are made from porcelains, and are often requested by older teenagers or adults that are concerned about the appearance of braces on their teeth. Ceramic braces are less visible, but tend to be slightly larger and more fragile compared to metal braces.
Lingual braces are individually customised braces which are stuck on the inside surfaces, they are almost un-noticeable. Lingual braces may, however, interfere temporarily with speech and cause mild irratation to the tongue initially.
3M’s IncognitoTM Hidden Braces are the latest advancement in lingual braces, being completely hidden behind teeth, fully customised for optimal comfort and utilises the latest digital technology for the most precise and targeted result.
Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are a method of straightening teeth using sequential removable clear plastic appliances (aligners). They are custom made for each individual, barely noticeable, and can be removed for eating and tooth brushing.
Rapid Maxillary Expander (RME)
The Rapid Maxillary Expander is an appliance which widens the upper jaw. It is used primarily to correct narrow upper jaws so that the upper and lower teeth meet together better. It also helps create additional upper arch space as a beneficial side effect. The appliance is more effective in younger age children and less effective with increasing age.