If you’re considering getting braces for yourself or your child, a little research will show you that today, there are many different types of braces that patients can choose from. While you will eventually need to consult with an orthodontist, who will recommend the best option for you and your mouth, it is a good idea to inform yourself about the different types of braces that are available before your first appointment. Here are some of the most common types of braces.
Traditional Metal Braces
When most people think of braces, the metal option is often the first thing to come to mind. They remain the most common type of braces for a reason! Constant improvements over the decades that this type of braces has been in use means that they are more comfortable and smaller than ever before. This option is popular with children because metal braces, which adhere to each tooth and are connected to one another with elastic bands, can be customized with colorful elastics that allow patients to express themselves through their smiles.
While they work similarly to traditional metal braces, ceramic braces are popular among adults and other patients with aesthetic concerns because they are less visible. As opposed to the dark metal option, these braces are made with clear materials which make them much less noticeable in both photos and real life.
The best option for patients who require advanced orthodontic treatment but have serious cosmetic concerns is lingual braces. Because this type of braces goes behind the teeth rather than in front of them, they are completely invisible when you smile. Furthermore, lingual braces have some practical advantages; they can interfere less with certain activities such as playing instruments and sports, making them a good option for patients with special concerns.
Invisalign works differently from all of the previous types of braces and is a very well-known option for patients who want straighter teeth but do not want to deal with the aesthetic concerns and pain that traditional braces come with. Rather than implements attached to each tooth, Invisalign uses two clear liners (one for the bottom teeth and one for the top teeth) to gradually straighten your teeth over time. Advantages such as less pain, fewer visits to the orthodontist, and convenience make Invisalign a great option for patients with certain needs and desires when pursuing orthodontic treatment.
While each of these options has its pros and cons, none of them will fit the needs of every patient. For that reason, it is very important to discuss all of the different types of braces and which is best for you prior to making a decision. At Tisseront Orthodontics, we do our best to get each patient the best option for them. Schedule a consultation today!