Types of Braces
Braces are a tried and true method for achieving an overall healthier, more functional, and more aesthetic smile. They have been proven highly successful at treating all levels of orthodontic issues, ranging from mild spacing and misalignments to more complex bite issues and tooth eruptions.
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made with smaller and sleeker designs, the brackets have a more discreet appearance while maintaining their high level of effectiveness.
Traditional braces are made of high-grade stainless steel and consist of small brackets adhered to your teeth with a solid adhesive compound. The brackets are connected together using a thin metal wire called the archwire. This wire is what works to gradually “pull” your teeth into place throughout treatment. With metal braces, you can also add colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.
Although they are the most noticeable option, traditional metal braces continue to be one of the more popular and affordable options for teeth and bite alignment. The sturdy metal materials make them very durable as well as effective.
When it comes to orthodontic treatment, traditional braces may not be for everyone. Ceramic braces, or clear braces, are made of materials that are designed to blend in with your natural tooth color and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. Ceramic braces function in the same way as traditional metal braces
While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For this reason, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth and are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns.
The benefits of ceramic braces include:
- Cosmetic appeal
- Less irritating to the gums
- Effective at correcting all levels of issues