What Are the Different Types of Braces?

If you have misaligned teeth, talk to a dental specialist about alignment to improve your smile. The orthodontist may recommend braces to correct the issue. There are different types of braces, each with unique benefits and disadvantages. 


Your dental condition and other factors will determine the best option for you. Here are the different types of braces. 



Traditional Metal Braces



Traditional braces are the most common and most noticeable teeth alignment devices. They are also the most affordable treatment option and are available in different brands. The metal braces contain wires and brackets that are attached to the teeth, altering them as required. 

The braces use oral or body heat to move teeth quickly with minimal discomfort. Even with the improved appearance, many people with traditional braces feel self-conscious when smiling. 



Lingual Braces 



Lingual braces are similar to traditional braces in the material. They are made of metal but are attached to the inner teeth, where they are not easily visible from the outside. They have the benefit of being less obvious, concealed as they are behind the teeth. 


However, they are not as effective as traditional braces and take longer to achieve the desired results. They are less comfortable, being in direct contact with the patient’s tongue and are difficult to clean. These are the least common orthodontic braces. They require specialized skills to attach. 



Self-ligating Braces



Similar to traditional braces in appearance, self-ligating braces have clips that function like elastic bands to keep the wire in place. The self-ligating braces produce less friction, making it easier to clean the teeth. 


They are just as effective as traditional metal braces. Providing more control over the devices can lead to more precise alignment. The braces are more expensive than conventional braces and are also highly visible. 



Ceramic Braces 



For those looking for a less visible treatment, ceramic braces are a good option. They are similar to traditional braces but are made from ceramic material. It allows the braces to blend in with the natural teeth’s color, making them less noticeable. 


They work like traditional braces, moving the teeth into the desired position. They are usually more expensive than metal braces and can become stained if not cared for properly. 



Invisalign/Clear Aligners



Invisalign is a popular option for those looking for convenience. The clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible when worn. They do not have wires and brackets and are removable for ease and convenience. Patients receive a series of aligners, replacing each set after one or two weeks. 


Users must wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours daily to achieve the desired results. Removing the aligners allows users to eat and clean their teeth conveniently. They are more costly than other treatment options and are only helpful for mild to moderate dental issues. 


A dental examination is vital to determine the braces that are ideal for your condition. The complexity of your alignment problems will determine the option that will be most effective. When it comes to severe issues, clear aligners have some limitations. 


For more on the different types of braces, visit Ofir Orthodontics at our Downey, California office. Call (562) 396-9820 to schedule an appointment today.

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