Different Types Of Braces: How Do They Work

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Braces are an important part of orthodontics and come in many shapes and sizes. They can help improve your smile by straightening teeth, making them less noticeable, or even taking the place of removable braces. Here’s a breakdown of the three most common types of braces:

The most common, are removable braces.

Traditional metal braces, also known as archwire braces and traditional orthodontic appliances, are the most common type of removable appliance. They consist of two main parts: the archwire and brackets that attach to your teeth or to nearby bones in your jawbone.

The archwire consists of a wire with a series of tiny stainless steel balls attached at regular intervals along its length. These balls provide stability and help guide your tooth into place once it has been adjusted with an impression taken from your gum tissue using a special tool called an impression tray or “mandrel.” The brackets are then used to hold this wire in place for about six months until you are ready for final impressions–that is when all of this work will come together!

The traditional metal braces.

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of brace, and they’re removable. This means that you can change them as your teeth move or grow. They’re most commonly used for aesthetic purposes–to straighten crooked teeth–and also for children with mild to moderate crowding (when one tooth overlaps another). For adults who have slight overbites, this may be a good choice because it gives them an alternative to traditional orthodontics like clear aligners or Invisalign® retainers.

The modern plastic braces.

Plastic braces are the standard, most popular style of braces available today. They’re made from an extremely durable material that is easy to clean and sterilize, making them ideal for both daily wear and extended periods of time.

Plastic braces are also more comfortable than metal ones because they don’t irritate your mouth as much when worn during treatment. This can be especially helpful for children who have sensitive mouths or may get headaches from metal-based orthodontic treatments like wires or brackets rubbing against their teeth during sleep at night.

The fixed metal braces.

Fixed metal braces are the most common type of braces. They’re made of metal and are fixed to your teeth. This means that if you have crooked, crowded or otherwise misaligned teeth, they can help straighten them out.

Fixed braces are used for a number of different reasons:

  • To correct malocclusions (the condition where teeth don’t align properly) that may be causing issues with chewing or speech.
  • For those who are missing teeth due to severe periodontal diseases or gum disease (and therefore require prosthetic implants).

Mouthguards for athletes who wear braces.

Mouthguards for athletes who wear braces.

Mouthguards are a way to protect your teeth from injury during sports that require a mouthguard. They can be made of hard plastic and worn over braces, so they aren’t exactly the same as braces or retainers but they do provide some protection. If you play contact sports like football or boxing, you’ll probably want this type of product as well.

Braces come in many shapes and sizes and can be a way of improving your smile, whether that’s from wearing it or getting it fixed when you need to.

Braces come in many shapes and sizes. They can help improve your smile, whether that’s from wearing it or getting it fixed when you need to.

There are several types of braces:

  • Fixed orthodontic appliances (with brackets) are used to straighten teeth by removing excess bone and tissue around the tooth or teeth being treated. They’re sometimes called “metal wires” because they’re made from metal wires, which are thin strips of metal shaped into a wire with sharp points on either end (called tines). These tines gently push against each other as they move up and down the jawbone, aligning individual teeth into their proper place so that they no longer overlap one another or interfere with chewing food properly; this helps prevent crowding in between teeth during eating times while also preventing headaches caused by jaw pain due to misaligned bites!


We hope this article has helped you understand the different types of braces and how they work. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below!