When you ask people about braces the same image pops into most people’s head: the bulky, metal ‘train-track’ braces that everyone used to have at school.
New types of brace
Fixed metal braces do still exist but the world of orthodontics has advanced at a rapid rate and new, innovative treatments are coming onto the market all the time; times have changed so much that you can now choose between incredible treatments that work in weeks and invisible braces that nobody else can even see. Braces are now so discreet and comfortable that they have almost become a trend in themselves; numerous celebrities have been snapped sporting examples of the new range of treatments, including lingual braces, Invisalign and Clearstep and even the dreaded train-tracks enjoyed something of a revival after the television character Ugly Betty unknowingly made them cool.
Comfort as well as style
Braces used to be associated with pain; everyone used to dread going to have their braces tightened because it would hurt and the thought of a seemingly never-ending series of trips to the orthodontist was never very appealing; however, pain is now a thing of the past and many of the new braces have been specially designed to move the teeth quickly and painlessly. Most of the braces and orthodontic devices now are much lighter than traditional braces and they use state of the art technology to guide the teeth into the right position; many have also banished the dreaded bands and therefore there is no need for the painful tightening appointments.