With braces prices averaging over $6,000 for a two-year treatment, you want to be sure that what you choose is the perfect fit for your child. If not, it could be an expensive mistake to make.
The Four Types of Braces
There are four different types of braces. Each type varies in cost and in effectiveness for the patient.
Traditional Braces – The traditional metal braces were the first type of braces to be offered by Orthodontists to straighten and properly align teeth. Braces are now smaller and less noticeable than their predecessors, but they are still the most noticeable of all braces.
Invisalign – The Invisalign braces were created for the adult or the teenager, who does not want to bring any attention to their braces. Patients are provided a set of plastic trays to wear throughout the 2 year period. Every two weeks the sets are adjusted to ensure the correct amount of tension for straightening teeth.
Ceramic Braces – The braces appear as a small metal line across the teeth. The brackets are actually white ceramic. You can purchase wires that are the same color as your teeth to make the wires less visible. These braces are generally more expensive and are susceptible to stains due to the ceramic finish.
Lingual Braces – Lingual braces involve installing the wires and metal braces behind the teeth as opposed to in front. They are essentially traditional braces that are placed behind the teeth. Since these braces are located behind the teeth they are essentially invisible. They are also more difficult to clean and maintain, since they are behind the teeth.
When’s the Best Time for Braces?
It is recommended that you purchase braces for your child between the ages of 10 and 14. This is the time frame where teeth can be straightened with ease. The body is still growing so the teeth and gums are more accessible to straightening.
What’s Best For You?
Well it depends on what you seek. If you are seeking invisible alignment, I would suggest you go for the ceramic braces. They are essentially invisible and are more efficient in straightening your teeth faster, than the invisalign. If you are searching for braces that are effective for severe straightening troubles, traditional braces (metal braces) are the way to go. These braces will serve the purpose of straightening teeth in a short amount of time.
We recently had our sons braces removed. He had the traditional set for two years. The set was effective, efficient and he didn’t mind having the metal brackets. In fact, he actually missed having them, once they were removed.
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