Do you have a gapped, misaligned smile? If so, braces can finally give you the smile you have always wanted! Before you begin your treatment, consider all of your options. There are four different types of braces available in the orthodontic world today, which include:
Metal or traditional braces are the braces people automatically think of when they think of orthodontics. These braces are very common and they consist of metal brackets and wires. The brackets are glued to the front surfaces of your teeth and they are connected by metal wires. The brackets and wires gradually transform your smile throughout time and they require tightening appointments often. The newer model of metal braces is currently smaller and less noticeable, and the new heat-activated archwires move your teeth quickly and less painfully by using your body heat.
Pros: Metal/traditional braces are the least expensive choice and the colored bands give you the chance of styling the braces in any way you would like.
Cons: These braces are the most noticeable compared to all other options.
Ceramic braces are similar to traditional braces but instead of metal brackets and wires, the brackets and wires are tooth-colored and natural looking.
Pros: Ceramic braces are less noticeable than traditional braces and they are known to transform your smile faster than clear aligners.
Cons: These braces are more expensive and they tend to stain more easily if you do not take good care of them.
Lingual braces are just like traditional metal braces, but instead of having the metal brackets glued to the outside of your teeth, the brackets are glued to the inside of your teeth.
Pros: Lingual braces are invisible from the outside.
Cons: These braces are difficult to clean, they are more expensive, and they are not appropriate for severe cases of misalignment. Lingual braces can also be uncomfortable at the beginning of treatment and the regular adjustments are more difficult and last longer than the adjustments required for traditional braces.
Invisalign is a clear, plastic aligner that covers all of your teeth and gradually changes your smile throughout time. The treatment consists of 18-30 aligners that are custom-made for your smile. These aligners are removable and you will need to replace them every two weeks.
Pros: Invisalign is almost invisible and you can eat and drink whatever you want as you proceed through treatment.
Cons: This treatment will not work if you have a severe case of misalignment and it is only available to teens and adults—not children. Invisalign is a more expensive option and the aligners can be easily misplaced as well as costly to replace. It can also take longer to provide results compared to other orthodontic options.
As you consider these options, please remember that not all orthodontists offer every one of these treatments. Call our office today and talk to a member of our friendly team to find out which orthodontic treatments we offer! We look forward to helping you reach the smile of your dreams with our successful and dependable orthodontic options.