The tried and true method for straightening your teeth

Metal braces have been around since the early 1700s, and were designed by a Frenchman. However, it was not for another hundred years that what we would think of as braces were invented. Since then, traditional metal braces have undergone changes to become what they are today.

Did you know that it was not until the 1970s that dentists figured out the current method for gluing brackets to the front of your teeth? Before then they used to wrap the wire, usually made of gold, around the whole tooth.

Another thing about modern braces is that they are not bulky, train tracks running across your teeth. Modern metal braces are much smaller, less invasive and still one of the most effective and efficient ways to straighten your teeth.

Types of braces

Modern braces are customised to suit your individual dental needs. This orthodontic treatment is a mix of brackets and wires that are fixed to your front teeth, and they work by exerting a gentle pressure on your teeth. This gentle pressure will gradually move your teeth into the correct position.

Traditional braces are available in metal or ceramic:

  • Metal: Metal brackets are silver brackets and wires that glued to the front of your teeth. These braces require elastic o-shaped rubber bands called ligatures to hole the arch wire onto the bracket.
  • Ceramic: Q Dental also offers ceramic braces, a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to metal braces. Ceramic braces are made from composite materials are and strong as well as generally stain free. This is a popular alternative to metal because they can blend in with your teeth.

Treatment time

Typically treatment time for braces is roughly 18 months. But it does depend on your case. Some patients have had to wear braces for up to 36 months due to the condition of their teeth.

Having straight is good for your overall health

There are in fact many health benefits to having straight teeth. For example, straight teeth make it easier for you to brush and floss your teeth. The long term health benefit of this is that you will have fewer cavities and healthy teeth and gums.

The overall health benefits of this is that gum disease has been linked to a series of other severe health issues such as:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Heart attacks
  • Heart disease
  • Alzheimer’s

By looking after your oral health you are also looking after the rest of your body. Straight teeth will contribute to healthy gums, correct bite, and healthy jaw alignment.

When you visit Q Dental in Bella Vista, one of our friendly dentists will assess your oral health. If you are a suitable candidate for metal braces, we will let you know what to expect throughout the process.