This post will aware you about various types of braces which ultimately gives you the choices to choose among the available options. Braces actually became the lifeline to those who are not able to smile or feel embarrassed while smiling. This happens because their teeth are not properly aligned because they are having dentofacial defects. In such cases, they first visit any dentist and based on the observation dentist further refers to Orthodontist who is specialist in treating such issues; hence, ultimately he suggests appliances like braces or Invisalign.
This post will guide you through types of braces to make you wise enough to pick a best suitable one for you or your children.
What are different types of braces?
We are going to discuss types of braces today so if you are going to have one for your kids then this guide will help you a lot. So the different types of braces include:
These braces are one of the most traditional braces which are made up of stainless steel and wires. Metal braces consist of metal brackets, metal wire and elastic ligatures. These braces are of the first kind of braces which first introduced by the orthodontists. Earlier, Metal braces were highly noticeable because of their sizes, but nowadays the size of the brackets have been reduced and are less noticeable by others.
- Cheaper than other types of braces
- Very strong due to metal
- Easily noticeable by other people, hence, these braces are not transparent
Colored Metal Braces
These braces are same as metal braces, but it comes with different braces colors. Hence colored braces give flexibility to kids to choose different colors. Ligatures of metal braces have elastic bands so basically the bands comes in different variety of colors, hence, we have choices of different colors of the braces too.
These types of braces are the outcome of innovation in metal braces. Therefore, ceramic braces made up of ceramic
substance. These braces have similar attributes as metal braces, but they are invisible since their brackets have the same color as your teeth. Thus, Ceramic braces are also called as clear ceramic braces.
- Very efficient than other plastic aligners
- Very less noticeable
- Costlier than metal braces
- Chances of getting stains easily
- Maintenance is costlier
Again lingual braces are same as metal braces, even these braces use metals in it. But the major difference between Lingual braces and Metal braces is in terms of installation inside the mouth. It means, Metal braces are outside the teeth (Metal braces are installed in front of the teeth), whereas, Lingual braces are installed just opposite to it, means these braces are installed behind your teeth hence they are not visible to others.
- 100% invisible to others
- Very expensive
- Difficult to clean
- Very uncomfortable and difficult to adjust initially
- The tongue may get cut
These are highly advanced and transparent aligners. We include them in braces too. Invisalign treatment is a bit costlier than the traditional one because of many added benefits of this technology. Development of Invisalign products requires the best Orthodontist and skilled engineers as well because the designing of the products starts with Computer-Aided Design, Computer-Aided Manufacturing, high uses of computer graphics and many more.
The inclusion of these technologies together makes the Invisalign a costlier product. Invisalign basically looks like a transparent mouth guard and each guard is well fitted with your individual tooth, it exerts painless pressure, hence your teeth are aligned properly in no pain.
If we have braces then we visit our Orthodontist at the period of 4 weeks, whereas, if we have Invisalign treatment then we visit the Orthodontist in the cycle of 2 weeks.
- 100% Invisible
- Easy to maintain and clean
- No restrictions on eating
- It is not advisable to wear Invisalign if you have any kind of serious dental problems
- Children can’t wear Invisalign, hence this is only available for adults and teenager kids
- Invisalign cost is higher than any types of braces
- Treatment takes longer time
These are not the braces, but they are used after braces treatment. Braces are basically categorized in aligners, whereas Retainers have their own speciality. The basic work of retainers is to retain the aligned teeth at their appropriate position after braces or Invisalign treatment.
There are chances that our teeth may move back to its initial position after treatment with braces or Invisalign, hence, retainer maintains the expected position of the teeth.
- You can wear them at night
- You can’t even feel that you are wearing a retainer
- Not wearing a retainer may undo all your hard work
These types of braces are self-ligating braces. Damon braces have a clip attached to it which automatically adjust the movement of the teeth. Nowadays, Orthodontist is suggesting these braces to their patients as it is a cost-effective treatment.
- Less painful movement
- No need to visit the doctor for an adjustment
- Teeth Automatically get adjusted with its clip
- Exerts less friction and pressure on teeth
- Easy to maintain and clean
- Bit costlier
- Metal wires are visible to others
Which types of braces are the best choice?
Now you are in a position to get the answer. Let me clear your confusions. I will guide you through the correct path so that you can choose the best one among these types of braces.
If you have not enough budgets and your kids’ age is between 7 years to 10 years then I will recommend you to have Traditional metal braces. It will give best results because the mouth’s tissues of your kids are in growing stage, hence, it will take time to settle down. You can choose clear ceramic braces too because nothing is different between Metal and Ceramic braces, except the clear and transparent feature of the ceramic braces.
If you have to wear braces for longer years then it becomes one of the parts of your life, hence, you can go with colored braces as to adjust different braces colors with daily lifestyle.
Apart from it, if you have decent money to invest in braces then I will recommend you Invisalign for a perfect result.