The 4 Types of Braces

Getting braces, whether it’s for you or your children, is a big decision. Therefore, you need to explore all your options before deciding which one is best for your particular situation.

Here are the four most common types of braces on the market in and around Alexandria, VA.

1. Metal Braces

Most people are familiar with metal braces. These are the least expensive in cost, but they are also the most noticeable. And for this reason, many people prefer to go a different route.

2. Ceramic Braces

These are similar to metal braces because they are the same size and shape. However, ceramic braces are clear or tooth-colored which helps them to appear less visible. Additionally, ceramic braces work much faster than the invisible plastic braces do.

3. Lingual Braces

You will find that lingual braces are similar to metal braces as well; however, they are inserted on the underside of the teeth. The positive is they can’t be seen when you open your mouth. But, they can be difficult to keep clean, are more expensive and uncomfortable (at least at first), and the adjustments take longer than traditional braces do.

Additionally, the lingual braces might not be appropriate in all cases. For example, lingual braces aren’t ideal for people with small teeth because they can sometimes make it hard to talk, they get in the way of the tongue, and have the potential to cause injuries to your mouth.

However, if you decide to go with the lingual braces, make sure you find an orthodontist who has experience with installing them as not all orthodontists are well-versed in this type of installation.

4. Invisible Braces

Invisible braces, also known as Invisalign, are made of clear plastic forms which give them the appearance of being invisible. These forms are designed to fit over the teeth so they can be easily removed when eating and they make it much easier to brush as well. Not to mention they are much more comfortable than metal, ceramic or lingual braces.

If you would like more information about which braces are recommended for your particular situation, please contact our office today. We would love to show you how easy a beautiful smile can be. 

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