Orthodontic treatment or braces can significantly improve the function, aesthetic and health of teeth. When teeth are not aligned properly and the bite or occlusion is not right, it will affect the person’s chewing ability. Also it will be more difficult to clean them which will increase the chance of decay, plaque retention and gum disease.
Braces is possibly still the best option for kids and teenagers as its function is not dependent of person’s co-operation as much as other orthodontic options like Invisalign.
Like any other orthodontic treatment patients need to make sure they clean their teeth during treatment very precisely to prevent any decay or damage to teeth due to food impaction under wire and around brackets.
When treatment is finished a retainer will be made to keep the teeth in their position and prevent from relapsing. It can be a fixed or removable retainer or combination of both.
Brackets come in two types of metal and ceramic. Usually the metal brackets are better for younger people and ceramic ones are used for adult to provide better aesthetics.