The term orthodontics refers to a special type of dentistry that has a main focus on the treatment of misaligned teeth and jaws. These conditions have been with us since prehistoric times: even 50,000 years old human remains have been found to have crooked teeth. The first author to describe these conditions was the famous ancient Greek doctor, Hippocrates. Another Roman writer hundreds of years ago, Celsus, recommended newly appearing teeth to be pushed into their correct position by exerting pressure on them with the owner’s fingers. Even ancient Egyptian mummies have been shown to have a very early form of today’s braces in their mouths: they consisted of metal bands wrapped around each tooth, which were bound together with a material that is currently thought to be catgut. The biggest developments in dentistry and particularly in orthodontics however happened during the past 200-300 years. With the invention of dental adhesives and the more widespread use of stainless steel instead of precious metals, orthodontic treatments have become more available to the wider public than before. If you are looking for a dentist in Wrexham to treat orthodontic conditions, why not book an appointment with us to get those teeth straighter! .
Metal braces are still one of the most common orthodontic treatment methods. These braces consist of brackets and archwires. The brackets are fixed onto the surface of the teeth using special dental adhesives. After this, they are bound together using the metal archwire. The archwire’s tension determines the amount of pressure exerted on the teeth. As the treatment progresses your dentist will progressively increase the pressure exerted on your teeth in order to get the desired results. Metal braces are still popular, probably down to the broad spectrum of orthodontic conditions they can treat and their relatively low cost. Metal braces with brackets are not removable and they require special oral health habits for the time they are used. Usually you will need a special type of toothbrush with a narrow end that allows you to clean some of the area under the brackets. If you are looking for a dentist in Wrexham to treat orthodontic conditions, visit us or book an appointment with us via our phone number or email.
Alternatives to metal braces
Many patients with orthodontic conditions really require treatment, but are reluctant to get it because of their aesthetic or comfort concerns associated with metal braces. Luckily these are not the only treatment options today. For example Invisalign is a transparent plastic aligner that fits on a patient’s dental arches perfectly. These aligners are removable therefore you do not need special toothbrushes or oral health habits. Another popular alternative is to use lingual braces. These are custom made metal braces, but they are almost invisible to external eyes, due to their brackets being attached to the inner side of the teeth rather than the outside. Clear braces work on the exact same principles as the traditional metal braces with brackets. The only significant difference is that clear braces are made out of tooth coloured brackets and transparent plastic archwires, which makes them blend into your smile perfectly. If you would like to find a dentist in Wrexham to treat orthodontic conditions, book a consultation with us, so that we can find the perfect solution for you.