As you already know, orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry with great long-term benefits. In addition to increasing your self-esteem, it allows you to achieve an adequate functionality of your smile. In our orthodontic lab in Vancouver we advise increasing brushing times in order to maximize oral cleaning, as well as using interdental brushes, special dental floss, etc. In addition, we recommend performing professional oral hygiene more frequently.  But how many types of orthodontics are there? What care must be followed when you carry out this type of treatment? We solve these and other questions in this post, so if you are interested in this topic, keep reading! 

When to wear orthodontics?

On many occasions, orthodontics is related to a purely aesthetic purpose. The truth is that some people carry out this treatment to achieve an attractive smile, but many others do it to solve a series of pathologies such as:

  • Dental crowding.
  • Occlusive problems.
  • Alterations in facial development.
  • Interdental spaces.

Types of orthodontics

Mainly, there are four types of orthodontics:

  • Orthodontics with brackets: this corrective treatment consists of small metal pieces that are adhered to the surface of the teeth by means of cement and are joined together by arches. This orthodontic technique works by the pressure exerted by the arches to the teeth, thanks to the brackets. Thus, small movements are carried out that place the teeth in the proper position.

Aesthetic orthodontics: the main difference with respect to orthodontics with brackets is found in the materials used, which are much more discreet than metal, such as ceramic and sapphire. Likewise, it is a treatment that is responsible for correcting occlusive and dental position problems in a less visible way than conventional orthodontics.

Invisible orthodontics: it is the most advanced orthodontic system on the market today thanks to its cutting-edge technology. It consists of transparent aligners made to measure that, through a series of controlled and programmed movements by the specialist, correct occlusive and dental position problems. In addition to the fact that almost no one perceives that you are wearing braces, invisible braces are removable, allowing you to eat and brush your teeth normally.

Children’s orthodontics: also known as orthopedics, children’s orthodontics is responsible for correcting alterations in the development of the bones of the face and dental position during childhood, guiding facial growth.

What care must be followed when you wear orthodontics?

Orthodontic treatments require more exhaustive oral care than usual, since, in most cases, being fixed appliances, hygiene must be more delicate. Thus, problems of tartar accumulation and gum inflammation will be avoided.