Types of Braces and What to Consider

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When it comes to braces, there are a lot more options than 20 years ago. In fact, braces have been used as a method for straightening teeth for nearly 300 years, and some orthodontic devices can be traced as far back as Ancient Egypt. That being said, people today often wonder what type of orthodontist braces are right for them. That is a great question

We would be happy to help you schedule a free orthodontic consultation to help you determine if braces would be good for you, and what type would be best for your situation. To help you prepare, we have compiled a brief list of the different types of braces offered and what their advantages are. As you read through this, keep in mind that an orthodontist consultation will be the best option for deciding as there are unique factors with every person’s orthodontic needs.

Different Types of Braces

Metal Braces (Traditional): Metal braces are the most traditional kind and have two basic components. Metal brackets are applied to the teeth and then a bendable metal wire is threaded through the brackets to apply pressure to the teeth and slowly move them into place. These are the most common braces for teenagers because they are very cost effective and move teeth the fastest. If you think of metal braces, you probably are conjuring up an image of very noticeable metal braces on the exterior of your teeth. In the past, metal braces were quite bulky and could be a bit painful to wear. Today, however, metal braces are significantly smaller and new advances in technology allow the teeth to move into place even faster with metal braces. Additionally, there is an option for getting braces on the interior of the teeth so that they aren’t as visible.

Ceramic Braces: These are popular alternative to metal braces. Because the brackets are made out of a ceramic material, they blend into the color of your teeth much better, making them difficult to notice. While not as common as metal, ceramic braces might be a great option for you.  During our comprehensive orthodontist consultation, we can determine if they would be the best option for your orthodontic needs.

Lingual Braces: This is a less common type of braces, though you have probably seen (well . . . sort of) them before. Lingual braces are nearly the same as metal braces, except they are on the inside of the bite rather than the outside. We mentioned earlier how mental braces can be placed on the interior, lingual braces are what we were referencing. These type of braces are less intrusive and noticeable than exterior braces. There are a few drawbacks, however. Lingual braces are more difficult to keep clean and require a bit of patience and perseverance to learn how to clean properly. Additionally, because they get in the way of your tongue, lingual braces can make it a bit difficult to talk for the first few weeks you have them on.

Self-Ligating Braces: These are very similar to traditional metal or ceramic braces in that they make use of the bracket and wire system. However, rather than using the rubber band tie system, these braces use clips and doors to hold on to the wire.

Invisalign: If you have been considering braces, you have most likely heard of Invisalign. Usually, Invisalign is more expensive than traditional braces we discussed in this post, and typically not able to correct severe orthodontic conditions. However, if after our consult they make sense for you, they are great for how literally invisible they are. Invisalign is a popular choice among adults who need orthodontic work done, but not in all cases.

If you’re considering having your teeth straightened to get your perfect smile give us a call for a free evaluation. With so many options Dr. Knapp will steer you in the right direction for the best type of braces for your orthodontic needs.



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