Different Types of Braces

Different Types of Braces- BracesOrInvisalign.comAre you thinking of undergoing an orthodontic treatment? Maybe you have been troubled by the appearance of your smile for a long time now, and you have finally decided that it is about time that you see a dentist about it. Maybe you have already been taking a number of ridicule about the appearance of your smile, so you see it fitting finally do something about it. You see, it is never too late to explore braces and when you finally do, understand that you different types of braces:

  1. Metal Braces: The most basic braces are metal. In the past, they are made to hug the whole teeth that the patient’s appearance is quite monstrous, but not anymore today. With the introduction of mini brackets, the metal does not have to cover the whole shape of the teeth anymore, although it still somehow does. Metal braces are good for anyone, especially children because children are not too particular about looks and appearances, so being a metal-mouth for a few months to a few years is often bearable. They may be made a little more interesting by using colored rubbers, the lovely colors mask the ugly appearance of metal.

  2. Ceramic or Clear Braces. For a more aesthetic option, a patient can consider having ceramic or clear braces, which are relatively unseen on the patient’s smile. they are teeth-colored and somehow invisible, so that patients do not have to endure the ugly appearance of the metal in their mouth. In terms of strength, ceramics are a lot weaker compared to metal but they can surely do the job well. Especially when they are fitted with ceramic-coated wires and clear rubbers, they seem rather invisible, at least from a far.

  3. Damon Braces: Available in metal, ceramic and clear, Damon Braces or self-ligating braces have doors or locks that are built-in with the brackets so there is no need for rubber or metal ligatures to hold the wires in. This makes the treatment process so much quicker because the treatment is not relying on the elasticity of the rubbers. There is constant tension causing the teeth to move, so the time that it takes for the them to move is cut significantly short.

  4. Lingual Braces: Another option for braces is to go for lingual braces. As the name suggests, the brackets are attached on the lingual or back surface of the teeth so that they are not seen when the patient smiles. The procedure is rather different, in the sense that the approach is a lot different, but the principle governing the whole process of breaking and building, then moving and stabilizing teeth is just the same with traditional orthodontics.

  5. Invisalign®: No, Invisalign® treatments are not braces but it is worth a mention in the types of braces because you may want a truly invisible option. Invisalign® carries out the work of moving teeth into place through clear trays or aligners. About a dozen or two are used, and the treatment procedure moves from one tray to the next, until all have been used, and the teeth have been moved into its proper place.

So now that you have learned about your different options for braces, you can use the information that was given to you, to make a decision about which way to go. The type of treatment you go for should be one that fits you perfectly: one that fits your budget; one that fits your specific case; and one that fits your preference and need, altogether. When the dentist discusses with you the different options you have, it is important that you properly explore your options, so that you can make the right choice. After all, the type of experience you have and enjoy will depend on the choice you make. If you make the right one, you will have a more positive experience; if you make the wrong choice, your experience may be more sour.