We all know that the traditional braces are still the gold standard in solving orthodontic problems all over the world. Practiced since the earlier days, this orthodontic procedure can solve even the most complicated case of malocclusion. Brought about by its continuous improvement and evolution, here are the different types of braces that are now available on the market.
Types of braces: Metal braces
This type is the traditional braces that we know and use through the years. It has progressed since the early days, and several improvements have been made with regard to its appearance and materials. Metal braces nowadays use lighter and smaller metal gears made of stainless steel that are attached to the front facet of the teeth. Metal brackets link together using a metal archwire that applies pressure to the teeth in order to correct its alignment. This process has been the go-to and tried-and-tested solution of orthodontists and patients alike.
With the rise of different orthodontic procedures promising better look and feel, metal braces maintain their reputation for being the least expensive; another reason why they are still the most common type of braces.
Types of braces: Ceramic Braces
Ceramic or white braces came about as an improvement in the appearance of the metal braces. As an answer to the common complaint of patients wearing braces who say that metal braces are too noticeable and are unappealing, ceramic braces are just like your ordinary metal braces but use clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires to make them look transparent and unnoticeable. Adults who are embarrassed to let people know that they are correcting their teeth alignment swear by this orthodontic appliance. A few downsides of this type are its cost and its maintenance. Ceramic braces tend to be more expensive than metal braces, and the clear brackets get discoloured or stained making your teeth look dirty and unkempt.
Types of braces: Lingual braces
Because ceramic braces do not offer complete invisibility of your orthodontic procedure, lingual braces came into the picture. These are almost the same as your metal braces, but instead of attaching the brackets and wires in front of the teeth, the gears are glued on the teeth’s back surface. Since the brackets and wires are on the inside of the teeth, it becomes invisible to the public eye, completely hiding your orthodontic procedure.
However, this type of braces holds the most disadvantages brought about by its structure. For one, they are very difficult and challenging to clean. Their application and maintenance are more expensive considering that they are also a bit more complicated to place. Lingual braces are only recommended for mild orthodontic cases, so their flexibility is limited. Furthermore, using this type makes it a bit uncomfortable and painful as the metal gears irritate the tongue more than the traditional metal braces.
With this information on hand, you may have a bit of understanding what types of braces are readily available for you to choose from. But we still recommend discussing your concerns and preference with your dentist or orthodontist so you can be sure that the type of braces you want is the best fit for your needs.