A very effective method for straightening teeth and correcting a misaligned bite are metal braces, sometimes in coordination with orthodontic appliances. Metal braces consist of small brackets bonded to the front surface of each tooth and connected to each other by a metal arch wire. The wire exerts force on the teeth to move them slowly to their new desired position. Orthodontic appliances can be used to expand the palate, encourage lower jaw growth, or correct other issues.
Some patients dislike the appearance of metal, so we offer a choice of ceramic (clear) braces. Ceramic braces are made from composite materials and blend in with your teeth so that the brackets are not as noticeable. We often put clear brackets on the front teeth and metal brackets on the back teeth, as the metal brackets are stronger than the ceramic ones. If you dislike the appearance of the metal arch wire, we offer a wire that has been coated with tooth-coloured paint.
These options help to minimize the appearance of braces and increase your confidence during orthodontic treatment.
Feel free to ask us about these options and we will help you determine which is best for you. Please call us on 03 9645-7888 for an appointment or further information.