Four Options Available For Braces To Straighten Teeth

Posted on: 24 September 2018

You may have been told that you need braces, or perhaps it is your child that an orthodontist has recommended braces for. But you should know that there are a range of choices available to straighten teeth. The following are just a few of them.

Traditional metal braces

These are the type of braces that people most often think of when they hear the word braces. They are still a popular choice today because they are usually the most cost-effective. However, you should be aware that the technology behind traditional braces has improved substantially. The arch wires that connect the metal brackets on each tooth are now made from a heat-activated material. These wires will adjust automatically due to the heat in your body. This results in fewer visits to the orthodontist for tightening and results in less pain that is occasionally associated with braces.

Self-ligating braces

These types of braces use a different design than traditional braces. The latter uses o-rings and arch wires to push your teeth together. Self-ligating braces use a sliding design for adjustment that allows for your braces to adjust themselves. Although there is a limit to how much adjustment can be done without the assistance of an orthodontist, it cuts down on the number of visits to the dentist. This design has become popular, especially for children because it is easier to clean your teeth than with traditional braces.

Clear braces

Also known as Invisalign braces, these braces are sometimes thought of as invisible braces. Although they are not really invisible, they are not noticeable unless you are giving someone's teeth close inspection. They utilize a type of mouthpiece to straighten your teeth. Known as aligners, every couple of weeks a new one is created to fit your teeth as they straighten. These types of braces are not available for children but only teenagers and adults. It should also be noted that they are not always suitable for every set of teeth, and they are the most expensive option for braces. However, Invisalign braces are growing in popularity.

Ceramic braces

These are braces that are similar to traditional braces, but the braces are made from ceramic instead of stainless steel. Because of the different material, they appear to be clear. At one time, they are referred to as invisible braces, but have become less popular due to the introduction of Invisalign technology. However, if an orthodontist tells you that your teeth are not compatible with Invisalign braces, ceramic braces may still be an option.

Keep in mind that not every option listed above is a good fit for your teeth, and some options are better for adults than children. Naturally, your budget has to be taken into consideration as well. But your first step is consulting with an orthodontics professional to see which options are available to you.