Is it time to finally straighten your smile? If so, we are so excited to help you achieve the smile of your dreams! When people think of braces, they think of having a metal-filled smile, but that is not necessarily the case all of the time. There are four different types of braces available in the orthodontic world today, which are:
Metal or traditional braces are the braces people automatically think of when they think of orthodontics. These braces are very common and they consist of metal brackets and wires. The brackets are glued to the front surfaces of your teeth and they are connected by metal wires. The brackets and wires gradually transform your smile throughout time and they require tightening appointments often. The newer model of metal braces is currently smaller and less noticeable, and the new heat-activated archwires move your teeth quickly and less painfully by using your body heat.
Pros: Metal/traditional braces are the least expensive choice and the colored bands give you the chance of styling the braces in any way you would like.
Cons: These braces are the most noticeable compared to all other options.
Ceramic braces are similar to metal/traditional braces but instead of silver-colored brackets and wires, ceramic braces have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in with your teeth. With these braces, you also have the option of using tooth-colored wires so your smile looks almost completely natural.
Pros: Ceramic braces are less noticeable than traditional braces and they are known to move your teeth much faster than clear aligners, like Invisalign®.
Cons: These braces are more expensive than metal braces and they tend to stain more easily if you do not take good care of them.
Lingual braces are made of the same materials as metal braces but the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of the teeth rather than the outside.
Pros: These braces are not noticeable from the outside.
Cons: Lingual braces are difficult to clean, they are more expensive, and they cannot be used if you have a severe case of misalignment. These braces can be extremely uncomfortable at first and the regular tightening and adjustments take longer and are more complicated than 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.
Now remember, only some orthodontists offer all of these options. If you would like to know about your orthodontic options at our office or if you would like suggestions on the best braces for your smile, call our office today. We look forward to working with you!