Are you aware that there are several different types of braces available nowadays, and not all of them are metallic or wiry? In fact some are even close to invisible, and can’t be seen unless someone is actually looking for them.
If your teeth are in need of braces, one of the decisions you’ll have to make is which type you want to get. Nowadays there are mainly five different types that you can choose from:
- Traditional metal braces
The traditional metal braces are the ‘standard’ and most common type of braces. They consist of metal brackets and wires that are placed on your teeth along with elastic bands.
Although they are definitely not invisible, the treatment time with traditional metal braces is normally the shortest – and they are able to correct the most severe types of malocclusion.
- Ceramic braces
To be honest ceramic braces are very similar to traditional metal braces, and the only difference is the brackets are made from ceramic – making them less obvious. In some cases the wires are designed to be white or off-white too, so that they blend in.
The effectiveness of ceramic braces mirror traditional metal braces, but they require careful cleaning or they’ll end up stained.
- Self-litigating braces
Overall this type of braces is similar to traditional metal braces too, and the difference is that it does not use elastic bands or metal ties and instead has clips to hold the wires and brackets in place. Some use clear or ceramic brackets to make them even less visible.
Generally self-litigating braces are just as effective as conventional braces, but look less bulky and are easier to clean. The cost of these braces is normally more expensive however.
Unlike traditional braces, aligners are clear plastic trays that you can wear and remove on your own. They are close to invisible, and relatively convenient because you can take them out during mealtimes and to brush your teeth.
That being said aligners may not always be suitable for more severe cases of malocclusion and can be costly. The treatment time can be longer too, especially if you don’t make sure you wear them for 22 hours a day.
- Lingual braces
True to their name, lingual braces attach themselves on the inner side of your teeth – making them less obvious. However that also makes them more difficult to clean, and unsuitable for severe cases of malocclusion.
If you do get lingual braces you may find it difficult to get used to at first and your tongue will constantly brush against the metal brackets behind your teeth. It is one of the more costly types of braces as well.
Before you jump the gun and decide which type of braces you’d like to get, you should first visit your Exeter orthodontics clinic. The type of braces that you can get will depend on the severity and type of malocclusion that you have – as well as the cost and other factors.
Now that you’re aware of the different options that are out there however, you can ask your orthodontist about them. Let them know if you have any preference, and find out whether or not they are an option to correct the alignment of your teeth.
No matter which option you choose, you should be prepared for the fact that it will take some time to get used to your braces. On top of that if you want them to be effective you will need to take care and ensure that they stay in good condition too.