When most people think of metal braces they think of the big
clunky braces of the past. They were extremely uncomfortable and more than
capable of cutting your lips. From a cosmetic point of view they were, at
best, unattractive and are wholly responsible for the stigma attached to
braces today. However, times have changed and so have braces.
Modern braces are smaller and more comfortable
than old fashioned braces. They have what is called a low profile design,
which is less irritating to your lips. They also have special contours to
make your orthodontic treatment go faster and be less painful.
Braces now use new plastics and bonding
adhesives rendering metal bands a distant, somewhat painful memory. Wire and
brackets can be "super-glued" directly onto the teeth making them far more
secure. There are even some braces that seem "invisible".
Clear braces offer a unique
advantage over conventional metal appliances. The material composition and
design allows an uncompromising level of care and enable you to look good
during treatment. Many people may not even be aware that you're wearing
braces at all.