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The Different Types of Dental Braces

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May 26, 2012

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Many children and some adults in Weatherford, TX have braces. A dental brace, also called an orthodontic brace, is a device used in the dental specialty of orthodontics to straighten and align teeth so that they are in the perfect position. Note that a dental brace can be structural or cosmetic. A dental brace helps in bite reclamation (it corrects underbites, overbites, cross bites, deep bites, open bites and malocclusions), it improves dental health and it has cosmetic benefits since it corrects crooked teeth and fixes other jaw and teeth flaws. A dental brace can be used together with other appliances for such purposes as widening the jaws or palate, or to assist in the shaping of the jaws and teeth in other ways.


The first brace can be traced back to between 300 and 400 BC. Aristotle and Hippocrates wrote of several ways through which different dental conditions could be treated. However, orthodontics as we know it today was developed in the 17th, the 18th, and the 19th centuries. One thing that has not changed over the years is how the dental brace works. There are several types of braces Weatherford, TX.


The traditional dental brace is the metal-wired brace. The traditional brace is still in use in Weatherford and elsewhere in the U.S. Traditional braces are made of stainless steel, but some are made with a combination of stainless steel with titanium. They make the conventional brace, which has ties for holding the archwires in place as well as newer self-tying brackets. The self-tying/self-ligating brackets are advantageous in that they reduce friction between the bracket slots and the wires, and they therefore have therapeutic benefit.


The other popular dental brace type is the clear brace. This dental brace is popular because it has cosmetic benefits. It blends in more with the teeth’s natural color and is less conspicuous and sometimes completely hidden. Most people go for this option because the use of braces Weatherford, TX, despite the many benefits and the many years the dental brace has been around, is still stigmatized. The most commonly used material in the bracket of the clear dental brace is ceramic, but plastic is also used. A clear elastic tie or a white metal tie is used for a less conspicuous appearance. The clear brace is characterized by a higher friction component and it is less brittle compared to the metal brace.


You could go for braces entirely made of titanium. This has greater aesthetic value and is stronger than that made of stainless steel. This is a good option for people who are allergic to nickel (which is one component in stainless steel). Some affluent individuals or individuals who are allergic to nickel use gold-plated stainless steel dental braces. The lingual dental brace is a custom made fixed brace that is bonded to the back of the teeth, thus making it invisible.

There are several Braces Weatherford, TX types for different circumstances, purposes, and prices, and knowing them will help you in picking the best option for your condition or circumstance. For more information visit

The Different Types of Dental Braces

The Different Types of Dental Braces

The Different Types of Dental Braces