Using the latest in modern dental technology, it’s now possible to have a beautiful, healthy smile more quickly, more discretely and more easily than ever before. There are a number of different ways to get this potentially life-changing result. Your orthodontist will be able to advise you on the best types of braces for teeth as per individual needs.
Here is our pick of different types of braces:
Metal braces are made of high-quality, durable stainless steel. They are the most common type of braces. The metal brackets, which are bonded to the front of each tooth, are connected by the archwire, which helps guide the teeth into the correct positions. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.You have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.
These are made from the same material as traditional braces; however, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastic ties to hold the archwire in place. This means fewer appointments to change the elastic ties, less friction between the archwire and the bracket,and lighter more comfortable forces being applied to the teeth. Self-ligating braces are the same size as metal braces and are available in traditional metal and ceramic (clear braces).
These braces mock metal ones in shape and size but they use tooth-colored or clear ceramic brackets that blend more naturally into your teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to keep your treatment even lower profile. Ceramic braces move teeth just as efficiently as metal braces, except the brackets are clear, so they are less noticeable. They are most commonly used in adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawbacks are that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
Lingual braces attach to the lingual (tongue) side of your teeth. No one can see them, but they’ll be hard at work straightening your teeth from the inside. Lingual brace will look and function just like a regular brace, using brackets and wires to gradually move your teeth. They are completely hidden from sight. The can be used to treat the majority of problems. It may take a few days for your tongue to adapt to your brace. Lingual braces require a high degree of skill and specialist materials, hence they are usually more expensive than other braces.
Invisalign treatment uses a series of virtually invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that allow you to smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign aligners are made with 3D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective. Invisalign consists of a series of customized, clear BPA-free plastic tray aligners that are removable and typically replaced every 2 weeks to keep your teeth moving in the desired direction.
So let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each type.
Hopefully, you feel more informed about the types of braces available and know that you can trust us to help determine the right treatment type and plan for you.
Dr. Gowtham Kattamuri
Dr. Gowtham has done his BDS from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in 2006 and MDS – Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics from Dr. MGR Medical University in 2010. He is a skilled Endodontist with an experience of over 10 years. Dr. Gowtham is specialized in replacement of teeth, Dental Implants, prosthetics for maxillofacial defects such as artificial eye, ear, nose and orbital defects, Smile Makeovers with laminates, Zirconia, veneers metal free ceramics. He also performs general dental procedures such as restorations and extractions. He also is trained as an International Patient Coordinator.