Different Types of Braces
Dental technology has come a long way in the last decade. Dental braces, once a terrifying possibility for many teens and adults, is now something that is not so bad. There are multiple different types of braces for a patient’s particular needs and cosmetic preferences. There is no better time to straighten out your smile.
Traditional Metal Braces:
While not the most charming in appearance, metallic braces using wires and rubber bands are still one of the most common types used. They have the advantage of being less expensive and more durable than most other types. They are commonly made of silver or gold.
Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces, but they are made of a white or clear ceramic material that blends in with teeth, so they are less noticeable. They are, however, slightly more expensive and less durable. They may chip or fracture easily when exposed to shock forces, and chipped pieces may be dangerous if swallowed.
These braces are installed behind the teeth, so they are not visible when smiling. Otherwise, they are very similar to standard metal braces. They are more expensive because they are more difficult to install and adjust, so you will spend more time in the dentist’s office. They can also be more difficult to keep clean. Despite these disadvantages, these hidden braces may be worth it to preserve a clean smile.
Invisible Tray Braces:
These are the most expensive class of braces, but they may be worth the price for many individuals. These braces are not much like traditional metal and wire braces. They are clear trays that fit snugly and nearly invisibly against the teeth. Unlike regular braces, invisible tray braces can be removed by the patient for brushing, flossing or eating. This is an advantage, but it can also be counterproductive. All braces can become uncomfortable, and patients are tempted to remove the tray for long periods of time, resulting in much slower treatment. If the patient is consistent about wearing the braces, a new tray is provided about once every three weeks until full correction has been made to the teeth.
Short Term Braces:
These are a limited form of braces suitable only for minor correction of the front most teeth. True to their name, these braces are usually worn for only six months, and they are much cheaper than comprehensive braces.
The latest technology in braces, smart brackets remove the need for the rubber band ligature that is often the most uncomfortable and hassle-prone part of the brace treatment. Removing these ligatures also results in less friction and pressure on the tooth, making the wearer more comfortable and lowering the overall treatment time.
With so many options to choose from, it is important to explore with your orthodontist the right type of braces for your needs.