The Different Types of Braces
Orthodontics has come a long way since its early days. Today, patients seeking to realign or straighten their teeth can explore different options apart from the traditional metal braces. At OMG Smiles, we offer a variety of orthodontic treatments, which include traditional braces, ceramic braces, Invisible aligners, and lingual braces.
The type of braces that are most ideal for you depends on various factors, including the type of issue you’re trying to correct, the severity of your case, and your personal preferences. In this post, we’ll explain the different types of braces to define the best treatment option for you.
Traditional Metal Braces
The time-tested classic as far as orthodontic treatment is concerned is traditional metal braces. This type of brace typically consists of stainless-steel brackets attached to the surface of the teeth. These brackets are then connected by wires. Metal braces are highly effective for correcting even the most complex dental issues. Although they’re visible, recent technological advancements mean the brackets are smaller than they used to be, making them less bulky and more comfortable.
Metal braces are the least expensive option available. They’re also more common and are suitable for people of all ages. The major downside with metal braces is that they’re noticeable. People who are self-conscious about their appearance may not like wearing this type of brace. They’re also semi-permanent, meaning they can only be removed and adjusted by a professional orthodontist. Consequently, using metal braces will require more frequent appointments compared to other types of braces.
Ceramic braces are just like metal braces but are designed to be more discreet and subtle than traditional ones. The major difference between this type of brace and the other option is that the brackets, in this case, are made from tooth-colored ceramic material. Consequently, it blends better with your teeth, making them less noticeable.
Ceramic brackets are smooth, which makes them very comfortable to wear. They’re also strong, and there’s very minimal risk of damage to the braces. The cosmetic appeal of this type of brace makes it a popular option among image-conscious patients, but anyone, regardless of age, can get ceramic braces.
Ceramic braces require slightly more care compared to traditional braces. Because they’re made from clear or teeth-colored materials, there’s a high risk of your braces getting stained, which can affect the appearance of the brace. Patients with ceramic braces have to follow more dietary restrictions and pay closer attention to hygiene during their treatment. Ceramic braces are also more expensive compared to other orthodontic treatment options.
The only difference between traditional braces and lingual braces is in how they’re installed. This type of brace is installed on the lingual side of your teeth (the back of your teeth), hence the name. This makes them virtually invisible while still achieving all the benefits of wearing traditional metal braces.
Aside from their discreet nature, lingual braces also reduce the chances of decalcification. This refers to the loss of calcium in teeth enamel, resulting in chalky marks on the surface of the teeth. Decalcification occurs frequently in patients who wear braces, but the chances of this are reduced with lingual braces because the lingual surface of the teeth is more robust.
Patients who wear lingual braces often say the adjustment period is a bit longer than regular braces. Because of their unique placement, it might take more time to get used to having lingual braces on, and it will affect your speech for a while. Lingual braces also require more deliberate oral care because of where they’re placed on the inside of your teeth.
Self-Ligating Braces: A Step Ahead in Comfort
Self-ligating braces have traditional stainless-steel brackets. But instead of elastic brands that hold the bracket in place, they have built-in clips. This unique design leads to reduced friction, quicker adjustments, and potentially fewer office visits.
With less pressure on the teeth, these braces can be more comfortable for some patients compared to traditional metal braces. Their efficacy is similar to that of traditional braces, meaning they can be used for a wide range of orthodontic issues. With the added benefit of increased control over the appliance, your orthodontist can achieve more precise alignment with this device.
However, self-ligating braces are typically more expensive than standard metal braces. They’re also visible from the outside, which means people who want a more discreet treatment option will find this type of braces less desirable. Damon braces and In-ovation braces are two of the most popular brands of self-ligating braces. They come with traditional metal brackets or clear ceramic material with either type using self-ligating technology for efficient tooth movement.
Clear aligners are the latest and most advanced devices in the world of orthodontics. This type of aligner involves the use of removable trays custom-made for each patient. The trays come in a set, with each one designed to achieve a specific range of teeth movement. Patients switch to a new tray in the series once the desired treatment is achieved. The major draw of clear aligners is that they’re virtually invisible. This makes them the ideal choice for patients who are self-conscious or worried about how wearing braces will affect their appearance. They’re also more convenient since you can simply remove them when you need to eat or clean your teeth.
Clear aligners don’t work for all orthodontic issues. They’re best suited for simple to moderate orthodontic issues. For more advanced cases, your orthodontist may recommend the more traditional options. Also, since they’re removable, patients have to be disciplined and wear the aligners diligently for effective results. Therefore, children and teenagers who are less likely to follow the recommended treatment routine may not be good candidates for Invisalign treatment.
At OMG Smiles, we understand that the suitability of orthodontic treatment varies for individual patients. Your first consultation with our orthodontist in Waterbury involves assessing the condition of your teeth and asking questions about your lifestyle and personal preferences. Based on this information, our orthodontists will recommend specific treatment options for you. Visit our dental clinic for an initial assessment of your teeth and to learn more about the right approach to achieve the beautiful smile you have always wanted. Contact us today!