In this day and age, virtually everyone is getting braces. From 8 year olds, who don’t even have all their adult molar teeth in, to full grown middle-aged adults, everyone wants a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.
Braces are now available in many different varieties and styles. What kind you get depends on how severe your case is. Your teeth may straighten out by wearing a simple retainer, or you may have to get certain teeth removed or wear headgear to straighten your pearly whites. Before you schedule a trip to an orthodontist, see what options are available to you.
Invisalign – These braces are virtually invisible, hence the name. Invisalign are the more expensive option of braces, but are also the most comfortable and discreet. They can be removed, and you can eat or drink anything because they are made from a plastic tray. Unfortunately, Invisalign cannot be used in serious dental cases, and treatment may take longer then with normal metal braces. Invisalign is only available to teens and adults, and they can take a while to come in the mail. They also require frequent orthodontist visits. Many adults prefer Invisalign over normal braces, because they are hardly noticeable.
Metal Braces – Traditional metal braces are made from brackets that are glued to each tooth, and a wire that connects all the brackets together. They come with colored rubber bands, which most kids love. These types of braces are very noticeable, but are also one of the most popular options in braces, especially with kids and teens. Metal braces are the cheapest option for braces today, and results come faster than with Invisalign or lingual braces.
Ceramic Braces – These braces blend in with the color of your teeth. They are more expensive than metal braces, but they also straighten teeth faster. Beware though, they can stain easily, so special care must be given to keep them clean. You have the option of getting tooth-colored wire to go with the brackets, so that the braces are completely un-noticeable. This is a great option for someone who wants their teeth straightened in a timely manner, but doesn’t want to have a “metal mouth”.
Lingual Braces – Lingual braces are different than other types of braces in that they fit on the inside of the teeth. They are more expensive than metal or ceramic braces, and are quite hard to take care of and clean because of where they are placed inside the mouth. These braces can be uncomfortable, and cannot be used on severely crooked teeth. Adjustments take longer than normal metal braces, but if you want your braces to be invisible to the public, and are willing to pay the higher price, this is your best option.
Surgery- In some dental cases, your orthodontist may want to perform a simple surgery to straighten your teeth, or he may suggest removing a tooth before he puts braces on to help straighten your teeth faster. This would typically only be done in more severe cases.
As I stated above, what type of braces you need depends on how severe your case is. If you have a few crooked teeth here and there, your teeth can probably be fixed by Invisalign or Lingual braces. If you have gaps or overlapping teeth, you may need a more permanent option, such as metal or ceramic braces, or perhaps even surgery. Always consult with your orthodontist first to get their opinion on what is best for you specifically. To learn more about different types of braces, check out the links below: