Orthodontics: Types of Braces
Some are blessed to be born with perfect teeth, but for those facing problems with teeth alignment, orthodontic treatment will make a huge difference. With enormous progress in the medical field, orthodontics now has many treatment options to offer. Modern braces come in a variety of shapes and sizes with customizable options. Let’s have a look at these options:
Metal Braces/Traditional Braces
Metal braces—also known as traditional braces—have progressed a lot but they still remain one of the oldest and most inexpensive options available. Made from the high-grade stainless steel brackets and wire, these braces are fixed on the teeth until the next visit to the orthodontist, where they will be adjusted or tightened based on how your teeth shift.Braces with the new heat activated arch wires use your body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than before.
- Pros: Inexpensive and allows kids to express themselves through the colored bands.
- Cons: Restricts the types of foods you can eat, most noticeable, demands more cleaning.
Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in with teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to be even less noticeable.
- Pros: less noticeable than metal braces.Moves teeth much faster than clear plastic aligners (Invisalign).
- Cons: More expensive than traditional metal braces. Also, brackets can stain easily if patients don’t manage their care properly.
Lingual braces are same as traditional braces, except they are placed on the inner side of the teeth.
- Pros: Gives better visual satisfaction than traditional braces.
- Cons: Difficult to clean, expensive treatment and requires regular visits with your orthodontist for appliance adjustments.
Invisalign involves a series of custom-made, flexible and comfortable aligners that are customized to fit your teeth and mouth, and is a practically invisible solution to a healthier looking smile. Invisalign gives you the flexibility of time, space, and separation from your treatment to eat without restrictions.
- Pros: Almost invisible, removable and can be cleaned by yourself regularly. Fewer dentist visits and no food restrictions.
- Cons: It will not work in the case of serious dental issues. It is also not available for children. It can be easily lost and costly to repair, and one of the more expensive options.
The palatal expander is a device used to widen the upper jaw in order to fit the upper and lower jaw to fit properly together or for the patients facing the problem of overcrowded teeth. It is one of the most common orthodontic devices used with teeth alignment.
- Pros: It helps to align your extra teeth without tooth extraction
- Cons: It may cause irritation inside of your mouth initially
If you would like to know the kind of braces we offer at Dental Arts, call and book an appointment with our team of expert Orthodontists. We are open all days of the week!