Different Types of Braces for Teeth

Close up smile with orthodontic braces.Dental braces come in different forms. We place complete confidence in our orthodontists to help provide us with the best dental care and solutions. However, it wouldn’t hurt to be more informed before paying your trusted orthodontist a visit, right? Getting braces is quite a substantial investment nowadays, so it’s best to be prepared to make intelligent choices. To give you a brief guide on the different types of braces currently offered, here are the four main types of braces to familiarize yourself with:

Traditional Braces – This is the most inexpensive and most commonly used among the different types of braces available today and is designed for patients of all ages. Traditional braces mainly consist of one small bracket glued to the front part of each tooth.

A band is used on the molars to provide support. The brackets are durable and come in a number of different materials such as metal, ceramic and gold. To add detail to your braces, the brackets and elastics come in a variety of colors so you can simply pick out your favorite color and create your own unique style.

Invisalign– Among the different types of braces, Invisalign became rapidly popular all over the world because they are clear and hardly noticeable unlike traditional metal braces. Invisalign was first developed by Align Technology. Invisalign consists of a series clear plastic trays or aligners that are customized to fit your teeth comfortably. These aligners are removable so they can easily be changed every two weeks as your teeth gradually straighten. This type of treatment is not recommended for children. Teenagers and adults who have a mild orthodontic problem can take advantage of this latest technology. Ask your orthodontist to evaluate your case to see if you would be an ideal candidate.

Self Ligating Braces – Unlike other types of braces, this particular variety do not require elastic or metal ties to hold wires in place. Self ligating braces, also referred to as speed braces, ultimately creates lesser friction in between the wires and brackets. The most popular brand of self ligating braces are the Damon Brackets. The Damon 3 brackets are among the highly preferred that offers several benefits for patients. It is made from stainless steel for stability and clear material for aesthetics.

Lingual Braces – For people who don’t want the appearance of wearing metal braces on the front of their teeth, this would be ideal. The brackets are actually placed behind the teeth, which makes it impossible to detect even at close proximity.

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