What are the Different Types of Braces?

These days, you have a number of different types of braces to choose from. The type that will work most effectively for your particular situation is something that is best determined by your dentist. Some of the options include:

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional braces use a combination of wires and brackets that are typically made of metal. Because they can be adjusted, these braces are attached to the teeth.

Metal braces have a number of advantages that make them one of the most common types of braces. They are both highly effective and inexpensive. However, they are also the most visible option.

Lingual Braces

Similar to traditional braces because they are also made of metal, lingual braces have an important difference. They are attached to the backs of the teeth so they are not as visible.

In spite of this, lingual braces offer some challenges as well. They often take longer to align the teeth because they are less effective. Lingual braces can also be more difficult to clean. They could be more uncomfortable for the patient if the tongue touches them.

Ceramic Braces

While ceramic braces work the same way as traditional metal braces do, the brackets are made of a material that is clear and transparent. This makes the braces less noticeable which is good news for adults who need orthodontic care.

In some cases, patients have noted that occasionally the elastics used with ceramic braces became discolored. This resulted in marks being left on their teeth.

Self-Ligating Braces

Of all the different types of braces, these look most similar to traditional metal braces. However, instead of elastic bands, self-ligating braces use clips to anchor the wires in place.

This type of braces is usually easier to keep clean and often results in less friction. They also might provide more precise tooth alignment. They are still visible and can be more expensive.

Because of the different types of braces that are available today, it’s important to have a thorough consultation with an orthodontist. Doing so provides you with the information you need to make an informed decision.

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