Our teeth naturally grow, but how straight they are can influence the first impression of someone. So much that it could impact a person’s work or social life.

Most people use braces to treat oral issues such as overbite, jaw pain, or a speech impediment. Other times it’s simply for aesthetics to have a more confident smile. You’ve probably seen the before and after pictures and wonder how crooked teeth miraculously become straight.

Is your dentist or orthodontist recommending braces? Are you unsure how the process will work? Keep reading to learn more about the process of braces.

Types of Braces

The invention of braces dates back to the 18th century, but modern dentistry has progressed how braces work and the types we use. This includes traditional metal, ceramic, lingual, and clear aligners popularised by products like Invisalign.

1) Traditional metal braces are the most common. This involves metal brackets individually glued to each tooth threaded together by wiring.

2) Ceramic braces use transparent brackets that blend in more with the natural colour of the tooth, a popular option for adults or those wanting to draw less attention to their mouth.

3) Lingual braces are similar to traditional metal ones but are placed behind the teeth.

4) Clear aligners have increasingly become popular in recent years due to their invisible appearance. We offer two types here at Shields, Invisalign Aligners and Six Month Smiles.

Teeth Alignment

The natural alignment of our teeth is like a fingerprint. It’s unique to every person and doesn’t have to follow a specific mould or pattern. How straight or crooked the teeth grow can be due to many early life factors such as how the jaw grows and hereditary backg