How Do Braces Work? Breaking Things Down.
Generally speaking, a lot of people associate the decision to get braces as one that you make when you're younger. Some think that if they wait too long - either beyond their late teens or, at the most, their early 20s - the opportunity has passed them by and they'll have to live with any orthodontic issues that they have or that develop later on in life.
In no uncertain terms, this is absolutely false. In fact, people who are older are almost better candidates to get braces than the young because of the different types of issues that can develop as we age. When we're still in our teens and earlier, our jaw is still developing - meaning that braces may be used to "correct" issues that could develop later on. When you get braces at an older age, on the other hand, you have a better chance at permanently correctly your teeth and finally getting to enjoy that beautiful smile you've always seen for yourself.
Having said all of that, when you DO make the decision to invest in braces, there is a wide range of different options for you to choose from depending on your needs. They'll all allow you to essentially reach the same "destination" - meaning that your smile is finally how you want it - but they take very different paths to get there.
These are the ones we usually think about when we hear the term "braces" and consist of a series of metal brackets that are attached to your teeth. Those brackets are then connected together via wires - one on the top row and one on the bottom - and the strength of that wire gently pulls your teeth into the desired position. This can be used to correct a myriad of different dental issues like crooked teeth, gapped teeth, over and underbites and more.
DAMON Smile Braces
These have become popular in the last few years in particular because they use smaller brackets than braces. Because of that, the system itself is more lightweight - leading to an all-around more comfortable experience. You'll still have certain types of foods that you shouldn't eat during treatment, but you'll generally deal with fewer restrictions during what many consider to be a more discreet treatment option than traditional braces.
Speaking of discrete, we have ceramic braces - which are teeth-like in color and almost act as like a "second skin" to your teeth. Because of the way the system itself is designed, these braces are virtually invisible - so if you're self-conscious about the fact that you're getting braces at all (which you shouldn't be, but sometimes that can't be avoided) this is definitely an option you would want to explore.
The average amount of time it will take for treatment will vary depending on the person, but most people can expect to be in braces for between one and two years.