Brace systems are often perceived only as a tool for aesthetic dentistry, yet aligning the bite or dental row also performs an important therapeutic function.

According to statistics, today nearly 5 million Americans wear braces. In Ukraine, this means of improving smiles has also gained great popularity in recent years. Clients almost daily consult and install brace systems with our specialists in Kyiv. And it’s not surprising, as high-quality orthodontic treatment does a fantastic job of solving a range of problems:

  • harmonizes the face;
  • restores “youth corners” – the angles of the lower jaw, which smooth out with age and visually add years;
  • adds volume to the lips;
  • corrects nasolabial folds;
  • lifts the double chin;
  • normalizes the position of the tongue;
  • aligns posture;
  • improves breathing;
  • solves the problem of headaches and neck pains.

Today, nearly 80% of Americans who wear braces are children and teenagers, and 20% are adults. The average age of children getting them ranges from 9 to 14 years. Moreover, according to statistical data, from 25% to 50% of all children at some point need orthodontic treatment, so next we will tell you about the main types of such systems.

Main Types of Brace Systems

  • Metal braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Clear aligners Invisalign

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Metal or traditional braces are the most common and have been around for over 100 years. Initially, they were very bulky and noticeable. Fortunately, thanks to the development of technology and innovations in dentistry, metal braces today are nothing like what doctors offered their patients over a century ago. They are less noticeable, require a shorter treatment period, are more comfortable for the patient, and allow for better results.

These systems consist of a metal wire, attached directly to the braces using elastic bands, which are available in various colors. To move the teeth into the desired position, the orthodontist must adjust the wire every 4-8 weeks.

Unlike clear, removable aligners like Invisalign, some parents prefer metal braces because they do not need to constantly remind their child about them. However, metal braces also require quality care, and proper oral hygiene is a mandatory condition during treatment.

Ceramic braces are orthodontic systems made from a transparent material that matches the color of the teeth. They function the same as metal ones, but are less noticeable. However, it should be noted that these braces are slightly larger than metal ones and can leave stains on the teeth depending on eating habits and tooth brushing practices. Ceramic braces are not for everyone, but we believe they have their rightful place in the world of orthodontic solutions.

Self-ligating braces function similarly to metal and ceramic braces and are made both from metal and clear, ceramic material. Their main components are also directly the braces and the wire. However, the difference between self-ligating braces and metal or ceramic ones is that they use special clips to hold the wire in place, instead of elastic rubber bands.

Also, the installation of such braces takes less time, as they are easier to adjust. In summary, self-ligating braces are primarily suitable for:

  • Patients who are more sensitive to discomfort in the oral cavity.
  • Patients who cannot sit still in the dental chair for long periods.
  • Patients with developmental delays who require orthodontic treatment.

Lingual braces are placed on the back side of the dental row and are currently the least common orthodontic system on the market. This is because they require a different set of orthodontic skills from the doctor than more classical systems. At the same time, such braces provide complete invisibility to others, can be adjusted for each specific tooth, and are highly effective and versatile.

Lingual braces are well suited for adults who do not want noticeable braces but still have complex orthodontic problems. However, we also observe an increasing demand for such systems among teenagers.

It is also necessary to mention some drawbacks of these systems. Since lingual braces are located behind the teeth, some patients experience minor changes in pronunciation (lisping) and tongue irritation. These symptoms usually occur soon after the braces are installed and disappear within a few weeks as the mouth adjusts to the new devices.

Clear Invisalign aligners have gained popularity over the last two decades. They were first produced by the namesake company Invisalign in the early 2000s. And today, they are the largest brand of aligners. Not surprisingly, as they have a range of advantages:

  • transparency;
  • removable;
  • easy to clean with a brush and dental floss;
  • more effective than braces in some uncomplicated cases;
  • generally require fewer visits to the dentist;
  • relatively quick installation procedure.

Often, Invisalign is used for patients who wore braces in childhood or adolescence and over time need to adjust the previously achieved effect. They are also effective for patients with mild to moderate dental problems. For more complex cases, a combination of lingual braces and the Invisalign system can be tried, or more traditional metal or ceramic systems can be used.
Consult with the professionals at YAREMA DENTAL in Kyiv to choose the most effective treatment method and install reliable brace systems.

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