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Types of braces
At Aberdeen Orthodontics, we like to give our patients a choice when it comes to their orthodontic treatment. We’re experienced in working with the different types of braces and will recommend the appliance we believe you’ll most benefit from at your free consultation.
Removable appliances are used to undertake simple tooth movements and have delicate wires and springs that move teeth using gentle pressure. This type of appliance is commonly used for younger patients who may still have baby teeth present. It also has the flexibility of being removed when playing sports or musical instruments, or for tooth brushing.
Functional appliances also tend to be removable and are ideally suited for younger patients who have a discrepancy in the size of upper to lower jaw.
Fixed appliances are what most people think of when they hear the term ‘braces’. These appliances consist of small attachments (brackets and bands) linked together using special orthodontic wires which are usually made of stainless steel. The brackets are bonded to the surface of your teeth with a kind of orthodontic cement for the duration of your treatment.
Traditional metal braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding coloured elastics (rubber bands) for a unique and colourful smile.
At Aberdeen Orthodontics the metal braces we use are Insignia braces, which are custom-made to your teeth and jaws. Using Insignia’s software, our specialist orthodontist can calculate the best possible orthodontic plan for you and then, using 3D imaging, Insignia will create precise and customised brackets and wires that will best fit your orthodontic needs – all without the need for messy impressions.
Using the same technology as metal braces, we also offer clear braces here at Aberdeen Orthodontics, specifically Clarity Advance clear braces. The difference between clear braces and metal braces is that the brackets which are fitted to the front surface of your teeth are made of clear ceramic material. This means they blend in with the colour of your teeth.
Clear braces work in exactly the same way as metal braces do, using the archwire and elastic band system, but they’re a more discreet option. This makes them ideal if you work in a client-facing job or feel a little self-conscious about embarking on orthodontic treatment. For those reasons they are a popular appliance with our adult patients.
Invisalign is another invisible way to straighten your teeth. Instead of the metal brackets or archwires that are used in traditional metal and clear ceramic appliances, Invisalign uses a series of clear removable aligners to gradually straighten your teeth. These sit over your top and bottom teeth, much like a thin sports mouthguard would. As your treatment progresses the aligners guide your teeth into the desired position. Discover more about this revolutionary treatment on our Invisalign page.
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