Dental braces have been used for years to correct orthodontic problems and achieve a desirable smile. If your crooked or gapped teeth or misaligned bite are affecting your confidence and dental health, dental braces may be the solution for you.
Dental braces, or orthodontic cases, are devices used by dental professionals to straighten crooked teeth or correct a misaligned bite. Braces help to reposition the teeth with an aim to adjust the bite and result in a beautifully straight smile.
Braces work by placing constant pressure on each tooth to move them to the desired position. The braces are tightened at each returning visit to the dentist, applying slightly more pressure to the teeth to continue to move them into their proper position.
People of all ages require dental braces for a variety of reasons. They may need braces to fix orthodontic problems or they may simply desire a perfectly straight smile if they were not blessed with naturally straight teeth. You might consider getting braces if you have:
Whether you are looking to correct a structural issue or you are considering getting braces purely for cosmetic purposes, braces can not only correct the positioning of your teeth, but also improve your overall oral health.
There are four main types of dental braces – metal, ceramic, lingual and Invisalign or invisible braces.
Metal braces consist of metal brackets and wires. While the thought of these braces may initially make you think of the words “metal mouth”, modern metal braces are much smaller and less noticeable than those of the past. These days, they even feature heat-activated archwires that use your body heat to assist in moving teeth faster and less painfully.
This style is the most affordable type of braces, and the option of fun coloured bands allows kids to express themselves by personalising their braces with their favourite colours. Metal braces are the most noticeable type of braces.
While these are the same size and shape as metal braces, they feature tooth-coloured or clear brackets to blend in with the teeth for a less noticeable appearance. Some even have the option of tooth-coloured wires for further subtlety.
Ceramic braces are a great option for those who desire the fast results of metal braces without standing out so much on the teeth. This style can stain easily if not looked after correctly.
These braces are the same as metal braces but are placed on the inside of the teeth. This makes them invisible from the outside, but it can also make them more difficult to keep clean. They can be more uncomfortable at first and adjustments can be more time-consuming than regular braces.
Invisalign are 18 to 30 customised clear plastic removable aligners that are replaced every two weeks. These allow you to eat and drink whatever you want, but they are also the most expensive option. They are only available for teenagers and adults, and they can have slower results than traditional braces.
The cost of dental braces is dependent on your individual circumstances. Factors that will have an influence on the price of your dental braces, including the fitting, adjustments, retention visits and removal are:
As a Smile member, you will receive a guaranteed savings of at least 15% on all dental procedures including, Invisalign and braces. Smile approved general dentists can provide the dental care that you need including Invisalign or Snap on Smile. Smile approved orthodontists can assist with specialist orthodontic treatment like braces. So call your friendly Smile consultant on 1300 238 648 for an approved Smile dentist or orthodontist in your area.
Orthodontic treatment gives you more than just an aesthetically pleasing smile. You can also enjoy other benefits such as:
Orthodontic problems can lead to more serious health issues, so if you are concerned about your oral health, it is always best to visit your Smile-approved dentist as soon as possible.
Your Smile-approved dentist will schedule adjustment revisits depending on your needs and the stage of your treatment. Generally, patients are seen every 4-8 weeks, but this can change for each individual. Regular monitoring is required by your dentist to review the treatment progress.
Some health insurance plans provide benefits for orthodontic treatments. Ask your health insurance provider to confirm your entitlements.
Depending on your orthodontic issue, there are alternative treatments available. For example, if you are looking to correct a small gap in your front teeth, you might consider dental bonding instead of braces. Your Smile-approved dentist can discuss your options with you.
When it comes to your teeth, it is important to trust your smile in the hands of an experienced professional. All of Smile’s participating dentists offer quality dental treatment at an affordable price. Join today and save on quality dental care with Smile.
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