Types of Braces
These are the most common type of brace, often referred to as “train tracks”. A small bracket in metal or ceramic is glued to the outer surface of each tooth, and these are then connected together by a thin wire. Depending on the type of brace used this may be done with coloured elastics of your choice or by a metal clip integral to the bracket. The wire exerts a gentle pressure on to the teeth guiding them into their new position.
Removable braces are sometimes recommended for correcting a simple problem, for example moving a single tooth. The brace consists of a plastic plate with delicate wires and springs attached. Your brace should be worn full time, unless swimming, playing contact sports or cleaning. Once your teeth are in the correct position then it may be possible to reduce the amount of time that the brace is worn, your orthodontist will instruct you.