Braces: What Are Your Options?
There are many different types of braces that can be placed on the teeth by an Orthodontist. But braces are a relatively new and unexplored area. Think about how old mankind has roamed this planet. And braces have only been around for a little more than 50 years. They are relatively a new discovery and the types of braces have really exploded in recent years.
In fact braces have gone from the metal attachments all the way up to the newest type of braces in which you can remove them each night; Invisalign braces. Really the idea of braces has evolved from big apparatus’ like head gear all the way to those which are hidden behind the teeth. You can now put braces on and off in seconds. So it is important that when researching the types of braces that are available on the market by licensed Orthodontist, you research with an open mind or a clean slate.
When you get down to the nitty gritty, there are really 2 basic types of braces when boiled down. Those that are attached and those that are removeable. And you may be thinking that the temporary ones (those that can be removed with ease) are going to be the best bet. But there are both pros and cons that go along with each type of Orthodontic Braces.
There are so many different types of braces because there are multiple scenarios and factors that will affect the nature of teeth straightening. Not every case is the same and therefore you cannot use the same treatment on every person needing braces. Hence the different types! And with each passing year it seems like Orthodontics as a whole is inventing new or bettering existing methods for straightening teeth with braces.
The type of braces that you need will hinge of a few elements and will also depend on what your Doctor suggests. You Orthodontist’s approach will be based on how serious your case is. In some extreme cases, the Orthodontist must have teeth removed, or some may require jaw changes with surgery or head gear. But with some cases, simple retainers may be used to shape your teeth. Of course the time need for each case varies greatly.
Do not be afraid to voice your opinion regarding the types of braces you are interested in. If you do not feel comfortable with braces that show, ask about other options like Lingual Braces or Invisalign which are hidden braces. Or if you want those cool colors go ahead and ask. Maybe you just want the fastest treatment possible or the cheapest. After all your Orthodontist is there to make you happy.
Invisalign Braces are one of the newest brace types on the market. These are not braces like you are used to. Invisalign Braces are not permanent rather they are plastic clear retainers that are worn. This type of braces is most often used for those who have a simple case of crooked teeth. How it works is the Orthodontist takes measurements of your teeth, and then sends them out to have plastic trays made. You wear these plastic retainers for awhile. On your next appointment, the Orthodontist repeats the process. This continues over time and slowly with each new Invisalign retainer, your teeth move into position.
- They are Invisible hence the name
- You can easily remove them meals and cleanings
- They are high tech and your treatment can be computer simulated
- They will not stain or damage your teeth
Ceramic braces are created by mixing a couple of inorganic materials together to create a new material. This permanent type of braces is applied by affixing them to each individual tooth. An arch wire then spans the length of the upper and lower set of teeth. The wire is then tied to the ceramic braces by rubber bands which are also called ligatures. Ceramic braces are one of the most widely used braces type.
Traditional metal braces are increasingly being replaced by ceramic braces. They function the same as metal braces but offer a less conspicuous look since the ceramic material is created in a variety of colors to better match your tooth color. They are also quite tough as the ceramic has the strength of concrete. Applying ceramic braces is very labor intensive. This is done in the Orthodontist office.
- The ceramic material comes in many shades and thus blends in nicely with your teeth.
- Ceramic braces are permanently attached and offer a more comfortable experience
- The material is strong and breaking one is very unlikely
- The rubber bands can be exchanged with ease
- Ceramic braces can fit on a high percentage of patients
Lingual braces are totally invisible in that they are placed on the inside of the teeth rather than the outside. It’s a novel idea if you think about it. Instead of making the color of the braces the same as the teeth like ceramic braces do, Lingual braces try to hide themselves altogether by residing on the inside of your teeth.
It takes a highly skilled Orthodontist to install this type of braces. Metal brackets are used and the same techniques are applied just on the opposite side. In reality the Lingual type of braces has more downsides than ups.
- Lingua Braces are totally hidden since they bracket is on the inside of the tooth
- Lingua Braces are irritating to the tongue
- There are not many Orthodontists who can do this procedure
- It can take a long time
- Only a small percentage of people are good candidates for Lingua Braces