How Have Braces Improved in Recent Years?

Posted on December 1, 2022


Scientists have demonstrated that humans have been suffering from crooked teeth and misaligned jaws since at least 400 BCE. It has only been in more recent years that orthodontic care has been able to address these issues. Traditionally, braces were made of metal wires and brackets that were attached to your teeth. They were uncomfortable and took longer to straighten your teeth than other types of braces. The methods and technologies around orthodontics and braces have improved and evolved over the years.

The Evolution of Braces

Braces have come a long way. They are now more comfortable and less visible than traditional braces. There are even popular options, such as Invisalign, for people who want to straighten their teeth without braces. Braces can also now be used to correct a variety of dental problems beyond just crooked teeth.

Varieties Are Now Available

There are a few different types of braces: traditional braces, Invisalign, lingual braces, and more. Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces. They are clear aligners that are nearly invisible. Invisalign can be removed for eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth. Invisalign is more comfortable than traditional braces and doesn’t require as much time to straighten your teeth.

Braces that correct a variety of dental problems beyond just crooked teeth are becoming more common, too. These braces can be used to treat overbites, underbites, crossbites, open bites, misaligned jaws, and more. Lingual braces are braces that are placed on the inside of your teeth. They are nearly invisible and more comfortable than traditional braces.

It Takes Less Time to Fix Orthodontic Issues

Braces can correct a variety of dental problems. However, the length of time that’s necessary to wear braces varies depending on the severity of the dental issue. Most people will need to wear braces for between 18 and 24 months.

Braces are a big investment, and proper care will ensure that they last as long as possible. Here are a few tips for taking care of your braces:

    • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
    • Floss your teeth at least once a day.
    • Avoid eating sticky or chewy foods.
    • Avoid drinking sugary drinks.
    • Make an appointment with your orthodontist regularly to have your braces checked.

If you are considering braces, be sure to talk to your dentist or orthodontist about which type of braces are right for you. Braces have come a long way, and they’re an efficient and effective method of correcting misalignment issues. Contact Jacaranda Smiles today to learn more about how orthodontics and braces have improved and schedule your orthodontic appointment!

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