If you’re considering getting braces, you’ve probably asked yourself “what kind of braces do I need?” Mar Orthodontics is happy to provide this overview of the different types of braces that are available.
There have been many advances in the field of orthodontics in recent years, with a variety of new types of braces coming onto the market.
In particular, there are now several types of invisible or clear braces available, and these can be quite appealing, especially to adults who may not want it to be obvious they’re wearing braces.
While the idea of clear braces is popular, it may or may not be your best option, as certain types of clear braces may not have the capacity to fix more severe dental issues. It’s interesting to note that in some cultures, metal braces are a status symbol, while in North America invisible braces are considered more desirable.
Our guide to the types of braces available will help you to understand what your orthodontist is referring to when they make their recommendations. Remember, this is just an overview, and not a substitute for the professional advice you can get at a consultation with an orthodontist. Orthodontists are experts in their field and with their years of training and experience they will be able to evaluate your dental issues and recommend the orthodontic treatment that they feel will be most effective.
Metal braces are what most people think of when they hear the word “braces.” Often referred to as conventional braces, this type of braces is very noticeable. Metal braces can also be referred to as buccal braces.
Metal brackets are attached to the front of your teeth and connected by a wire. Brackets today are much less noticeable than in the past. They are tightened periodically and your teeth will straighten gradually.
Ceramic Braces & Clear Braces
Ceramic braces are very similar to metal braces, but the brackets are tooth coloured, so they’re much less noticeable. In some brands, even the wires are tooth coloured as well.
They do tend to be a pricier option than metal brackets, and they do need a little more care, as they can stain if not taken care of properly.
Clear braces operate on the same principles as ceramic and metal braces, however their brackets are clear rather than tooth coloured.
Lingual braces, sometimes referred to as hidden braces or invisible braces, are a popular option for many people due to fact that they’re attached to the back of your teeth.
Their main advantage is that they are hidden from view, so no one has to know you’re wearing braces at all, which makes them a great option for adults.
One of the more popular options these days is Invisalign braces. Invisalign really is less of a set of braces than it is a set of aligners. The Invisalign aligners are custom made, and you’ll receive a set of up to 30, which you change out approximately every two weeks.
Orthodontic patients love Invisalign because they’re virtually invisible and there really are no restrictions on whatever you’d like to eat or drink.
While they are popular, they are not for everyone.
What is the best type of braces?
That is a question best answered by your orthodontist! It really depends on a variety of factors.