Colourful Braces Make More Than Fashion Statement
Colourful braces may contribute to treatment success!! While colours for braces are fun, the fun serves a serious purpose, notes Dr. William Mahon, a spokesman for the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Enthusiastic patients are more cooperative. And better cooperation can yield results that meet everyone's expectations.
"When patients decide to become involved in their treatment, they usually take better care of their braces. The bottom line is, when patients follow our instructions, they can end up with better results," emphasizes Dr. Mahon.
Patients have a splashy array of hues from which to choose for much of their orthodontic hardware. Even the replaceable rubber bands that many patients put in and take out daily come in about as many colours as you'd see at a fabric store. "Patients won't take the time to choose special colours unless they intend to use them," Dr. Mahon says.
Colours have gone over very big with countless braces-wearers.
"Without my St. Patrick's green, I'd get pinched!" exclaims Jonathan Cobb, 12, during a checkup at Dr. Mahon's office in Bentonville, Ark.
Braces add splash of colour to all occasions
Many adults also choose different colours whenever they need to have their braces adjusted. For a sports fanatic, it's a unique way to express loyalty to college or pro teams. Arch wires also are available in many striking colours-from metallic red and green to gold.
Retainers can be fun, too
The CAO and AAO note that more people than ever are bracing themselves. Colourful retainers and other orthodontic trappings, of course, are only part of the reason for this trend. Patients are finding that today's high-tech materials are more comfortable. The sophisticated engineering of the tooth-moving wires-developed through NASA and activated by body heat-has increased their tensile strength and flexibility, which makes orthodontic treatment more comfortable. (Some patients want braces that are nearly invisible-so they choose clear brackets through which their teeth can be seen, or lingual braces, which are applied to the backs of the teeth to move them from behind the scenes.)?
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