Braces today come in many designs and colours. There are some that are visible and come in striking colours while others are discreet, making them nearly invisible.
How to tell whether you need braces
You might need braces if
- Your teeth are crooked and you’re not very confident smiling.
- Your jaw makes uncomfortable sounds, it could mean there is an issue with the position of your jaw.
- You’re constantly hitting the roof of your mouth or biting your cheek; it might mean your teeth aren’t properly aligned
- You lost your baby teeth too early; this may have impacted how your adult teeth have developed
- You have a protruding or receding jaw
- Chewing is troublesome for you
A visit to our expert dentists and orthodontists at Angel Orthodontics in N1 will give you guidance on the right course of your treatment.
Here are some of the different types of braces on the market to date that we offer:
- Removable braces tip the crowns of the teeth but the roots stay in position. Using a combination of screws and springs, they can be used for mild cases of crowding and cross bites.
Modern removable braces: Invisalign is a removable brace that uses clear aligners to straighten the teeth. It has a series of transparent plastic aligners that will be custom made to suit you. They are discreet and you can remove them while eating as long as you ensure to wear the braces for a minimum of 20 hours a day.
- Fixed braces such as metal braces, ceramic or clear braces, self-ligating braces and lingual braces.
Types of Fixed Braces
Fixed braces are also known as Train Track Braces. There are 4 different types of fixed braces:
- Metal braces – metal braces are the most common type of braces. The clips come in a variety of different colors, making it quite popular among teenagers. Train track braces colours are vast and are available for people of all ages. White is less noticeable, darker colours make the teeth appear whiter, yellow might emphasize staining in teeth, while colours like turquoise, violet, red, neon pink or orange suit darker skin tones. Lighter skin tones go well with light blue, soft reds and pinks.
- Ceramic cosmetic braces – Ceramic braces are made of clear or translucent materials and are not easily noticeable. They are well liked due to the fact that they are discreet. They work just the same way as metal braces, with the main difference being white elastic modules are used in place of stainless-steel wire, making the train track braces clear.
- Lingual braces – Lingual braces are placed on the inside of the mouth instead of the outside. This allows teeth to be re-positioned from the inside of the mouth without being visible. Most people can choose this option as long as the teeth are firmly fixed to the bone. Before one gets accustomed to these braces, there might be some tongue irritation and speech challenges which ease up over time.
- Self-ligating brackets – these are an advanced form of braces that do not require elastics or rings. Self-ligating braces hold the wire and lock themselves in like a gate. A slide mechanism holds the wire allowing the teeth to move more quickly and comfortably. They are discreet, easy to clean and comfortable. They come in both ceramic and metal brackets and it is easier to brush teeth and maintain good oral hygiene with self-ligating braces.
How are train track braces fitted?
Metal braces use constant, gentle pressure, which, over time, moves teeth into their intended position. Every day you wear them, they are at work, slowly aligning your teeth in the ideal position.
Fitting train track braces involves the 2 main components of the braces: the brackets and the arch wire. The brackets are positioned on your teeth and the arch wire connects the brackets.
The bracket is a piece of ceramic or metal placed on each tooth. The arch wire is then bent to suit your ideal bite, in turn, prospectively moving the teeth into the position that is intended after treatment.
How do train track braces work?
When the wire threads through the bracket, the wire tries to move back to its original shape. It then applies gentle, subtle pressure thus shifting your teeth gradually into the affixed position of your teeth over time. The arch wire applies pressure on one side of your mouth and with time the tooth moves and a new bone tissue grows in behind it.
Do train track braces hurt?
Fixing the braces doesn’t hurt at all. The procedure is relatively pain free though with time, you might experience some pressure and discomfort as your teeth move into the desired position.
How much are train track braces UK?
Train track braces prices in the UK are on average between £2000 and £5000. We offer individual finance plans to ease the pressure on your wallet, not just your teeth. Book an orthodontics consultation to discuss your possible treatment options with Angel Orthodontics London.