What are different types of braces?

Like dentistry itself, braces have come a long way. We’ve seen improvements even in the past decade that have made the process of realigning your teeth more comfortable and less invasive than they’ve ever been before. In fact, the days of having “metal head” can be completely eliminated with the latest braces that are virtually invisible.

If you’ve always wanted to straighten your crooked smile, but didn’t like the look of braces, you’ll be glad to know you have plenty of options that you never had in the past.

Types of Braces

Let’s start with good old reliable metal braces. The good news is that the wires and metal brackets that make up today’s modern metal braces are nowhere near what you might picture from the 70s, 80s – or even the 90s. Today’s braces are stainless steel and much less noticeable than traditional braces.

Metal braces

Pros: Least expensive of all the braces we offer.

Cons: Most noticeable of all three options we offer.

Next up are ceramic braces, which are a little less noticeable than silver metal braces. That’s because the ceramic color is white, and while the effect, feeling, and process of these braces are the same as metal braces, they are a translucent alternative. These are very popular with our teenage and adult clients, who would like an option that will make them stand out a bit less.

Ceramic braces

Pros:  Less noticeable than metal braces. Also end up straightening teeth more quickly than the Invisalign clear plastic trays.

Cons:  More expensive than metal braces. The brackets can stain if you don’t clean them properly.

Finally, there are the Invisalign braces, which are wildly popular, especially with adults. These are clear trays that clip over the outside of your teeth. Each tray is handcrafted to move your teeth into alignment by increments. There are usually somewhere between 18 to 30 trays. These clear aligners are changed periodically – usually in two-week increments — to gradually straighten teeth into alignment. You can pull them off your teeth to eat, brush and floss, and then put them back on, which is convenient. Working adults often prefer these “invisible” braces, so it won’t disrupt their jobs. But Invisalign does not work for more severe dental problems; so consult Dr. Truman and his team to see if they’ll work for you.

Invisalign braces

Pros:  Almost invisible. You can eat and drink what you want. You can remove them to brush and floss your teeth.

Cons:  The process takes longer to straighten your teeth. Will not work for all dental needs. They are only available for teens and adults, not for children. You can also lose an aligner, and they are expensive to replace. They are also the most expensive of all three options.

Straighten Your Smile – Call Truman Orthodontics

Truman Orthodontics is standing by to talk with you about all the options available to you with our more modern braces and teeth straighteners. We believe everyone deserves a white, straight, healthy smile, and we can help you achieve it. Contact us today.

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