If you are interested in straightening your smile, now is the time to consider the many orthodontic options. There are four different types of braces in the orthodontic world today, and we encourage you to learn all about them and decide which treatment is best for your smile.
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 just like traditional metal braces, but instead of having the metal brackets glued to the outside of your teeth, the brackets are glued to the inside of your teeth.
Pros: Lingual braces are invisible from the outside.
Cons: These braces are difficult to clean, they are more expensive, and they are not appropriate for severe cases of misalignment. Lingual braces can also be uncomfortable at the beginning of treatment and the regular adjustments are more difficult and last longer than the adjustments required for traditional braces.
Invisalign is a clear, plastic aligner that covers all of your teeth and gradually changes your smile throughout time. The treatment consists of 18-30 aligners that are custom-made for your smile. These aligners are removable and you will need to replace them every two weeks.
Pros: Invisalign is almost invisible and you can eat and drink whatever you want as you proceed through treatment.
Cons: This treatment will not work if you have a severe case of misalignment and it is only available to teens and adults—not children. Invisalign is a more expensive option and the aligners can be easily misplaced as well as costly to replace. It can also take longer to provide results compared to other orthodontic options.
Now remember, not every orthodontist offers all of these options. If you would like to know what treatments your orthodontist offers, call our office today and talk to a member of our friendly team. We are more than happy to talk with you and help you choose the best treatment for your smile!