Before you decide on a certain kind of braces, consider all of your options. There are four types of braces available in the orthodontic world today, and we are happy to educate you on the pros and cons of each treatment.
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 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 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 series of clear, plastic aligners that fit over your teeth and gradually move them to the desired positions. The treatment consists of 18-30 custom-made, mouth guard-like trays that are removable. You will come into our office every two weeks and replace your aligner.
Pros: The aligners are virtually invisible and you can eat and drink whatever you want as you proceed through treatment.
Cons: Invisalign is only available if you have non-serious misalignment problems and it can only align teen and adult smiles—not children’s. This is also a more expensive option and the aligners can be easily misplaced and costly to replace. The treatment could also last longer than any other orthodontic treatment.
As you consider these treatments, please remember that not every orthodontist offers all of these options. To learn more about our office and what we offer, call us today. We work hard each day to create natural, beautiful smiles, and we are thrilled to work with you and help you achieve the smile of your dreams!