Do you wish you had options when it came to straightening your teeth? Well, you do! There are four different types of braces available in the orthodontic world today, and we are happy to help you know all about each treatment.
Generally, traditional braces are what most people think of when they hear the word “braces.” These braces consist of metal brackets that are glued to the front surfaces of your teeth. The brackets are then connected by metal wires that apply pressure to the brackets, which makes your teeth shift and change. Modern technology has now made traditional braces smaller and less noticeable so you feel more comfortable and confident as you go through treatment. The new and improved archwires also provide quicker results because they use your body heat to transform your smile in a quicker way.
Pros: Metal braces are less expensive compared to other orthodontic options and the colored bands let you style your braces in any way you would like.
Cons: These braces are the most noticeable.
Ceramic braces are similar to traditional braces but instead of metal brackets and wires, ceramic braces have tooth-colored brackets and wires that blend with the look and color of your teeth, making the braces unnoticeable.
Pros: These braces are less noticeable than traditional braces and they are known to move your teeth faster than clear aligners.
Cons: Ceramic braces are more expensive than metal braces and the brackets can stain easily if you do not properly clean them at least twice a day.
Lingual braces are the same as traditional braces but instead of having the appliance glued to the outside of your teeth, lingual braces are glued to the inside of your teeth.
Pros: Lingual braces are invisible from the outside.
Cons: These braces are more expensive, difficult to clean, and unavailable if you have severe misalignment. They are extremely uncomfortable at first and the tightening and adjusting appointments take longer than the appointments required for traditional braces.
Invisalign is a clear, plastic aligner that is custom made for your smile. This treatment consists of 18-30 custom-made, mouth guard-like trays that are removable. You will replace the aligners every two weeks.
Pros: Invisalign is virtually invisible and you can eat or drink anything you would like throughout the treatment.
Cons: This treatment will not work if you have a severe case of misalignment and it is only available for teens and adults—not children. This is also the most expensive option and the aligners can be easily misplaced and costly to replace. The treatment is also known to last longer than other treatments.
As you consider these options, please remember that not every orthodontist offers all of these treatments. If you would like to know more about the treatments we offer at our office, please feel free to call our office and talk to our team. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile you have always wanted with our orthodontic treatments!