Many people get braces for their teeth to correct any problems they may be having. In today’s dentistry, there are different types of braces to choose from. Here’s a guide to help you select the right braces for you.
Is cost a factor?
Depending on your insurance, you may end up having to pay a lot out of pocket to get braces. Different types of braces may cost differently as well. There are standard metal braces that are most commonly seen, clear braces, such as Invisalign, ceramic braces, and lingual braces. Each type of braces have their own unique cost. Besides the braces themselves other factors can determine the cost of them. This may include where your dentist office resides, how up-to-date they are on their technology, and how much your insurance is willing to pay. To know how much it will cost you specifically you’ll need to call and talk to your dentist. Have your insurance information ready when you call so that they can give you an exact quote.
What are the different types of braces?
There are four popular different types of braces and each of them look and perform differently. The most commonly seen braces are the metal braces. These stand out the most out of all the types of braces. The reason why most people do pick this type is because they are the least expensive. Ceramic braces are close to the metal braces but blend in with the teeth and are sometimes offered with clear brackets. The drawback on the ceramic braces is that they cost more than the metal ones and can easily stain if not taken care of properly. Lingual braces are braces that are attached to the backside of the teeth. They can’t be seen from the front side but do have cons. The major cons associated with the lingual braces are that they are more expensive and can only be used on minor cases. Lastly there is the Invisalign braces. These are gaining popularity because they can be taken in and out of the mouth very easily and are clear when worn. The major drawback on these is that they are the most expensive, can only be worn by teens and adults, and usually take the longest to work.
Which type is the best for your child?
If you are looking for braces for your child the traditional metal braces or the ceramic braces are the best choices. I you have a child that doesn’t take care of their teeth regularly you might not even want to bother with the ceramic braces because they will not work as intended unless they are well maintained. Your child might have a hard time accepting that they need get braces so it’s best to explain to them that it’s better to fix all their teeth problems now rather than having to fix them later. Also try to figure out whether or not your child needs braces right away or not. If you can possibly have them get their braces while they are in elementary school or middle school it will mean that they will have a couple years of high school with their fixed teeth. This means no braces in prom or senior photos.
Which type is best for small problems?
If you don’t mind spending the extra money, Invisalign is the best for small problems as it requires no surgery and doesn’t have to be worn all the time. If money is an issue you can ask your dentist if they do partial braces that could just fix the problem area. You might be able to use lingual braces for one section without having to pay too much if you don’t have to get the complete mouth. Some dentists advise against getting partial braces as it may end up not aligning all your teeth together. It really depends on how small your problem is.
Which type is best for big problems?
Teeth that have extreme cases can only be fixed with the metal braces. In some rare cases you might even have to get surgery prior to getting braces put on. To determine how big of a problem you have you need to get a consultation with your dentist. They need to physically examine your teeth to see what the best treatment for them is.