what are braces?
A combination of brackets and archwires to... well, straighten your teeth!
how do braces work?
In simple terms, braces apply pressure to your teeth, slowly pushing or pulling them into a better position. As teeth move, the bone also changes its shape as pressure is applied. A wire, which is inserted into the brackets, applies the pressure, slowly moving your teeth into a predetermined location. Are you looking for perfect braces for the teeth?
types of braces
These are permanently adhered to your teeth and can only be taken off by the orthodontist at the end of treatment
Also known as transparent braces, these braces are either made of ceramic, porcelain or a clear plastic making them invisible to the people around you. Most people won’t even know you have braces on. These are permanently adhered to your teeth and can only be taken off by the orthodontist at the end of treatment.
Ceramic braces use a combination of wires and clear ceramic brackets to make the braces less noticeable in the mouth. Staining from food and drink is more of an issue with ceramic braces.
Lingual braces consist of very small metal brackets attached to a wire that are placed behind the teeth. They use constant, gentle pressure, which over time, moves teeth into their proper positions.
fact check: brace yourself!
One has to tighten the metal braces occasionally, which can be uncomfortable and painful for a few days every month.
Cuts inside mouth
Metal brackets can rub against the inside of your mouth, irritating the area and forming a sore or a cut.
Consuming hard stained food items like turmeric, tomato paste, colored candies may stain your teeth and brackets
Be mindful that braces are sensitive to damage, so one needs to avoid foods like caramel, soda, nuts, chips, chewing gum etc. basically all your favourite food items. Imagine missing out on a feast like that!
braces cost in India
The braces’ pricing varies greatly depending on treatment time, the complexity of treatment and type of braces or materials used. They could be the traditional metal braces (everyone knows these guys), clear ceramic braces or clear aligners: Invisible braces or clear aligners as we call them are the latest innovation in the smile makeover journey. And, we’ve been told that our aligners actually turn out much more affordable than the cost of treatment with metal braces!
say hello to invisible aligners!
Invisible aligners are an alternative to traditional braces and are designed to help guide teeth into their proper position. Clear aligners use a gradual force to control tooth movement. toothsi aligners are made of the best quality BPA free plastic sheets which are FDA approved. These aligners are 3D printed as per your teeth. Which means, your aligners are based on your assessments. Your teeth and our aligners are always a #PerfectMatch.
Unlike metal braces, aligners give you the freedom and many more reasons to smile. Really! It’ll be our best kept secret, no one will ever be able to see your aligners (unlike braces). They’re not painful. Period. And, they will never come between you and your favourite food, like ever.
braces vs aligners
While both can help straighten your teeth, metal braces happen to have their own set of cons:
no food restrictions
tough to maintain oral hygiene
easy to maintain oral hygiene
regular clinic visits
Minimal clinic visits
results can not be visualised
results can be visualised with the virtual smile plan
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life with braces
buckle up for a not so very smooth ride!
One of the drawbacks of regular metal braces is their less-than-ideal appearance as each tooth has highly noticeable metal brackets. Many people become under-confident and try to avoid smiling as much as possible. Children may be teased because of their braces, and adults who must talk regularly for jobs may have their own set of problems. This is why it's vital to choose what type of braces (invisible braces or clear aligners) will be ideal for you or your child early on as it helps you to fix that smile. By choosing a toothsi aligner, you will limit the number of people who even know you have braces!
Food and drink restrictions
Another disadvantage of traditional braces is the restriction of a wide range of foods and beverages. It’s critical to refrain from eating or drinking anything that raises the risk of cavities or other damages.
Metal braces are significantly more painful than aligners. Majority of the people experience discomfort during the treatment. As one takes out aligners while having meals, one can eat a wider variety of food. When a bracket brushes on the inside of the mouth, it can irritate the skin and cause a sore. Metal braces must be tightened on a regular basis, which can be painful and leave your mouth sore for 2-4 days.That’s perhaps one of the top reasons why people stop their treatment mid-way. Not with toothsi aligners, no way Hozay! That’s another reason for you to smile already :)
Bad breath on a date can be such a turn off! We feel you. With metal braces, cleaning your teeth and maintaining oral hygiene can be tough. Few parts of your teeth are hidden. It's difficult to clean every nook or under every bracket. And you know what that means - poor oral hygiene which can be injurious to your health and social life. But worry not, toothsi is here to save your day. Yay!
What Are Braces Used For?
Chances are that you’ve come across a classmate at school wearing a combination of brackets and archwires over their teeth. Well, these are nothing but braces for teeth and believe it or not, they were the go-to way to straighten your teeth for quite some time.
“But how do braces for teeth work?”. This would naturally be your next question. So without further ado, let’s get right into it.
Braces for teeth, metal braces, clips for teeth are just a few names used to describe the same combination of brackets and archwires, and when you opt for them, the metal brackets are individually glued to your teeth by your orthodontist, while the archwire is connected to the brackets and is tightened from time to time to apply more pressure on your teeth, you know, for getting them to move to their correct position.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to a smile correction treatment with clips for teeth.
That’s because along with the brackets & archwire attached on your teeth, comes a whole lot of discomfort and inconvenience throughout the treatment.
So isn’t there a better, more comfortable and convenient way to get the smile you’ve always desired?
Remember how we mentioned earlier metal braces were the go-to means for smile correction for quite some time? Well that’s until clear aligners, also known as invisible braces came along to be the most comfortable, convenient, and new-age way to get the smile of your dreams.
Fixed & Removable Braces For Teeth
Braces or clips for teeth are essentially available in two types, i.e. fixed & removable. As the names suggest, fixed braces are glued to your teeth and can only be removed by your orthodontist. Removable braces, also known as clear aligners or invisible braces, give you the freedom to remove them while you’re eating, drinking or brushing your teeth.
When it comes to fixed braces or clips for teeth, there’s a variety of options for you to choose from, including the likes of metal braces, ceramic braces, transparent braces, & lingual braces. Each one has its own set of pros and cons, so let’s get to know them better, shall we?
With metal braces, the components include metal brackets, and an archwire, like we mentioned earlier.
Coming to lingual braces. Well, you could say that lingual braces are technically invisible braces, because they include small metal brackets along with an archwire, and are attached to the backside of your teeth. Lingual braces use constant, gentle pressure, to move your teeth into their correct positions over time.
Transparent braces are invisible to the naked eye, ensuring that they go unnoticed upon first glance. Transparent braces are either made of ceramic, porcelain or a clear plastic, are glued to your teeth and can only be removed by your orthodontist at the end of the treatment.
Similarly, with ceramic braces it’s less apparent to a third person that you’re wearing clips for teeth. That’s because instead of metal brackets, transparent ceramic brackets are used in ceramic braces to make your braces less noticeable. But if you have stained foods or beverages, teeth stains may give you major nightmares with ceramic braces. Yikes!
What’s the Right Time to Get Braces For Teeth?
It’s a common misconception that pre-teen or teenage years are the best ages to get braces or clips for teeth, while in reality, even adults can opt for braces.
With that being said, smile correction treatment with the likes of traditional metal braces, transparent braces, ceramic braces & lingual braces can be started as early as the age of seven and there isn’t any upper age limit for it.
But the reason why parents prefer to get their children’s orthodontic issues like crooked teeth, teeth gaps and forwardly-placed teeth fixed at an early age is because the duration of the treatment is lesser when compared to an adult getting the same treatment. This is due to the fact that while they’re young, children’s jawbones and teeth are still developing, so it is easier to fix orthodontic issues.
Also, another major reason why adults find braces off-putting apart from the treatment duration is their far-from-ideal appearance. Because each tooth has highly noticeable metal brackets, leading to the likes of college students and working professionals feeling under-confident and trying to avoid smiling as much as possible.
That’s why clear aligners a.k.a invisible braces offer the best smile makeover treatment for adults looking to get a picture-perfect smile in a low-key way. Because they’re not just invisible to the naked eye, but are so much more comfortable than traditional metal braces for teeth. And most importantly, you can take your invisible braces off while eating, drinking and brushing your teeth. Yes! You read that right.
Post-treatment Care for Braces
Once their braces have come off for good, people face quite a few challenges in maintaining their picture-perfect smile. That’s why following good oral hygiene diligently is paramount. Other than that, there are also various post-treatment care tips that are recommended once you get done with braces treatment for your orthodontic issues.
After your treatment is done and your braces have come off, your teeth will have a natural tendency to move back to their initial position when the treatment had begun.
Make sure to wear your retainer as directed by your orthodontist, because, at this point you would have sacrificed your favorite food for a really really long time to get that picture perfect smile. And you don’t want to be undoing all of that hard work now, do you?
Trying teeth whitening treatment:
While recommended, it’s practically unavoidable to keep stained foods and drinks like turmeric, tomato paste and colored sodas at bay for the entirety of your treatment. So don’t be surprised if you’ve got yellow-stained teeth once your braces come off. They may give you a scare at first, but you can gradually make these stains go away by opting for teeth whitening treatment options like our spark teeth whitening kit & spark teeth whitening pen.
Ensuring good oral hygiene: This one’s a no-brainer, because good oral hygiene will help you maintain your picture-perfect smile you’ve endured so much pain, discomfort, and inconvenience for.
Brush & floss your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. Also, don’t forget to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months
Make cleaning your retainers a part of your daily routine
Rinse your mouth with water after you eat anything sugary and after coffee, tea, and other stain-causing foods to keep your teeth white & stain-free!
Do's & Don’ts With Braces For Teeth
While braces might do the job of fixing your orthodontic issues, they come with a lot of ‘if’s, but’s and *conditions apply’!
Fixed clips for teeth like metal braces, ceramic braces, transparent braces, & even lingual braces can cause a whole lot of uncomfortable situations for you.
Even when you keep the consciousness of not being able to smile properly, clips for teeth might lead to yellow teeth if you consume hard-stained foods like turmeric, tomato paste, & colored candies.
Speaking of which, if you do go ahead with clips for teeth, you can also say goodbye to the likes of pizza, popcorn, caramel, soda, nuts, chips, chewing gum for the entirety of your treatment. Quite the nightmare, isn’t it?
Now that we’re done with the DON'Ts, let’s understand what you should be doing during your treatment period.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene:
Just as you would be doing after your treatment is done, it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene when you’ve got your braces on.
We understand that with metal braces, cleaning your teeth can be tough as some areas of your teeth are hidden and it's difficult to clean every corner or under every bracket.
So make sure you floss and use mouthwash regularly, and brush your teeth at least twice every day with a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid any damage to your teeth and gums.
Visit Your Orthodontist Regularly:
Your orthodontist will have to tighten your archwire occasionally and check for any possible issues or damage to your teeth, gums or mouth due to the metal braces. So make sure you visit them regularly.
If these Do’s & Don’ts have got you overwhelmed, don’t worry, because we’ve got your back! How? With clear aligners. Not only are they so much more comfortable than braces, but you can actually take them off while eating, drinking and brushing your teeth. You know what that means right? You can eat whatever you want. Wooohooo!
Want to get started with your smile makeover journey with toothsi? Book an at-home 3D scan, absolutely free!
The Two Components of Braces or Clips For Teeth
Like we’ve mentioned above, braces are essentially made up of 2 major components, brackets & archwires.
Brackets: Traditionally made of metal, but can be made of porcelain or ceramic in case of ceramic braces & transparent braces. Brackets are glued on to your teeth individually and can only be taken off at the end of the treatment by your orthodontist.
Archwires: These are inserted into the brackets, acting as a connecting link between them.
At every visit, your orthodontist will tighten the archwires a little more, to put more pressure on your teeth for them to move to their correct position.
But how much do braces cost in India?
While the actual cost of braces treatment depends greatly on the complexity of your case, the duration of your treatment and the type of material used, braces can cost you anywhere from ₹25,000 for traditional metal braces to up to ₹2 lakh for lingual braces!
Clear aligners or invisible braces on the other hand, are way more affordable when compared to the cost of braces. Because at toothsi, the cost of invisible braces a.k.a. clear aligners start at just ₹2,786 per month! Not to forget that our invisible braces are so much more comfortable than traditional braces, and are removable too.
So if you’re looking for a hassle-free way to get the smile you’ve always wanted, why not book an at-home 3D scan and start your smile makeover journey!