Types of Braces
If you need braces, you are not confined to using just one type. As it ends up, there are lots of different kinds of braces. All of them have their pros and cons, which means that it will be up to you and your doctor to determine which ones are the best for you. Some of your options are as follows.
Traditional Metal Braces
When we think about braces, the version we tend to picture is that of traditional metal braces. Usually, our vision is a bit outdated though. Traditional metal braces have been refined over the years, making them smaller, less visible, and more effective. The version we use is made from high-grade stainless steel. We offer some customization options, such as ordering fun shaped brackets and using colored elastics.
These braces are essentially an improvement on traditional metal braces. Self-ligating braces have a special bracket design that allows us to skip the use of elastics. Since we do not need to make as many adjustments without elastics being present, patients have fewer appointments with us. This design also causes less friction, making them more comfortable for the patient. We can offer you self-ligating braces with metal, ceramic, or clear brackets.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
There are two types of clear braces: those with brackets that are made from clear plastic, and those with brackets made from translucent ceramic. Both options are less visible. However, they also have some downsides. Both options can stain, unlike metal, so cleaning of the braces must be thorough and done multiple times a day without fail. Ceramic braces are also more delicate, so they can only be used on the upper front teeth and cannot be worn by those playing contact sports.
These can be thought of as an alternative to braces. While Invisalign is the most well-known provider of clear aligners, there are other options as well. The aligners are clear, removable, and comfortable. This means they cannot be seen when worn, you can remove them for things like brushing, flossing, and eating, and they do not cause mouth irritation like metal brackets do. For many older patients, this is the treatment of choice.
There are some orthodontic abnormalities too severe for Invisalign to treat. However, patients may still want an invisible option. For these individuals, lingual braces are the solution. These are fixed to the backs of the teeth, putting them out of sign. Each bracket is custom made for each tooth, making these braces incredibly effective even on difficult-to-treat problems.