If the dentist has suggested you or your child to get braces, you must know the types of braces before going ahead with the procedure. Once you have consultation with the orthodontist, you can make the right decision.
Braces are suggested when you have either cosmetic issues such as crooked teeth or structural issues such as reshaping the jaw or aligning the jaw. You can find a variety of braces and each one of them has unique advantage. The difference is in cost effectiveness, comfort, visibility, lesser dental clinic visit, etc.
Types of Braces:
The metal braces are commonly seen in teens and children. They are ideal for wide array of dental issues. They are very effective in solving the bite problem, crooked teeth and gaps between the teeth. They are also cost-effective and take lesser time for treatment. They can be used for complex dental issues as well.
The braces use latest technology and high quality material and are considered as most comfortable braces of all. The smoother edges make them more comfortable. The treatment is quick and there is no need for elastic ties. It has same procedure as other braces but it’s more durable.
The braces are applied on the teeth by applying same technique as other types but the brackets are mounted on the back of the teeth which makes them invisible for others. These are cosmetic braces which are opted by older teens and adults who want to avoid the traditional metal braces appearance.
Yet another type of cosmetic braces, the clear braces are less noticeable than metal braces as they are in same color as teeth. The brackets are made of porcelain or plastic along with clear elastic ties. However, they are delicate and breakable.
These are clear set of plastic aligners for straightening crooked teeth. The plastic aligners are invisible and need more time for treatment. They can’t correct structural issues or bite problems and only work for slightly crooked teeth.