Are you unhappy with your smile? Are you currently in the market for braces, but have no idea which type of braces to use? Then look no further than this article! This article will detail the different styles of braces, along with the pros and cons of each style!
Traditional braces are also known as metal braces. This style involves the use of metal brackets and wires and is, in fact, the type of braces most people picture when they hear the word braces. Today, however, these traditional braces are much smaller and less noticeable than their counterparts 30 years ago. In addition, new heat-activated metal braces help teeth move quicker and less painfully than before!
Pros: less expensive
Cons: most noticeable, when initially attached can be very irritable to gums
These braces are shaped in the exact same style as metal braces. The only different between ceramic braces and metal braces is that ceramic braces feature either tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend into the user’s teeth.
Pros: less noticeable than metal braces, move teeth faster than Invisalign braces.
Cons: more expensive than metal braces, brackets can stain teeth if patients do not maintain upkeep
Lingual braces are exactly the same as metal braces except Lingual braces are attached to the inside of teeth. This allows the braces to invisible when he or she smiles.
Pros: invisible from outside
Cons: difficult to clean, expensive, adjustments take longer and are more difficult to handle than traditional braces.
Invisalign braces consist of approximately 18 to 30 custom-made mouth-guards like clear plastic aligners that are both removable and replaceable every 2 weeks.
Pros: practically invisible, patients eat and drink whatever they please
Cons: not appropriate for severe dental issues, not available for children, expensive, easy to lose, expensive to replace, teeth straightening takes longer
This article just detailed a few of the many braces options available to you. Each situation is different so be sure to discuss with your dentist the appropriate type of braces for your unique situation. Best of luck with your braces situation!