The kind of Braces in Manassas that most people are familiar with are the metal braces, which are silver in color. They are made out of stainless steel, and the basic construction includes brackets that are fixed to the back teeth using dental cement. Then, the orthodontist attaches a smaller bracket onto the front of each tooth, and then runs an arch wire through the connector that is attached to every tooth.
It’s called an arch wire because the shape of the teeth on both the upper and lower jaw forms the shape of an arch. The patient will feel a very slight pull on the braces. Every several weeks, the patient will return to the orthodontist’s office to have the braces adjusted as the teeth respond to treatment and begin to move into the desired positions.
Other braces that aren’t as visible are clear braces that are made of a ceramic material. This may be a better choice for those who are more self-conscious about braces making them look too juvenile, so many high-schoolers and adults opt for ceramic braces. The orthodontist may prefer that ceramic braces not be worn by smaller kids, because ceramic braces are more delicate than stainless steel braces.
They are also larger and they take up more space around the teeth, so patients will need to take extra care in brushing and flossing to make sure they maintain good oral hygiene. These braces may be better suited to older teens and adults who understand that they’ll need to be careful with the braces and who will also take extra care in brushing and flossing.
A third option, especially in Adult Orthodontics, is to choose a brand of clear braces made by Invisalign. With these, the name says it all. They are nearly invisible, and yet they are designed to bring the teeth back into alignment. These braces are supposed to be worn 24 hours a day, but can and should be removed when eating to avoid damaging them. They should also be removed for completing oral hygiene so that the appliances don’t interfere with cleaning all dental surfaces.