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What Types of Braces Can I Get

Whether you are a teenager or an adult, braces are a great tool for straightening teeth, improving how your jaws work together, and, most importantly, making you look and feel like a million bucks.

Truman Orthodontics specializes in providing the most state-of-the-art orthodontic treatments to patients of all ages. This article will look at the types of braces we offer and the pros and cons of each one.

 

Braces in Henderson and Summerlin

The American Dental Association (ADA) says that orthodontics is “the dental specialty concerned with the diagnosis, prevention, interception, guidance and correction of bad bites.” While we think that’s a good definition, it ignores the cosmetic aspect of braces, which to most people, is equally important as having two sets of teeth on the upper and lower part of the jaw that meets properly together.

Sure, having a properly aligned bite is important for chewing, but braces also straighten and correct crooked front teeth, improving your smile and how you look. So, braces serve two important purposes for people; one is a surface correction that improves your face and the other structural correction that improves chewing.

While braces have been around for centuries, today’s modern dental appliances are lighter and less intrusive than they’ve ever been. Let’s review the types of braces we have today:

  • Metal traditional braces are silver appliances that have brackets running across the teeth. They are certainly less noticeable today than the ones your parents probably had!
    Pros: Metal braces are the least expensive option.
    Cons: They’re the most noticeable of all of the braces we offer.
  • Ceramic braces work in the same way as metal braces, except the brackets are made of a ceramic material that is tooth-colored. Some of them can even have tooth-colored wires that make them harder to see.
    Pros: Ceramic braces are less noticeable. They also can move teeth more quickly than Invisalign braces.
    Cons: The brackets can easily stain. Also, they are more expensive than metal braces.
  • Lingual braces are actually fitted on the inside of the teeth. They have the same metal brackets as traditional braces, just behind your teeth.
    Pros: They’re unobtrusive and hard to see when you smile.
    Cons: Very hard to clean and more uncomfortable than traditional braces. Too, the adjustments usually take longer and are also more uncomfortable. They are more expensive than traditional braces.
  • Invisalign are our most popular braces for the adult patient. These clear custom designed plastic trays fit over the teeth. They’re removable for eating, which makes cleaning easier. The liners are replaced every two weeks until the teeth are straightened.
    Pros: It is very hard to even see that you even have braces with Invisalign. You can remove them for eating, which makes keeping your teeth and gums clean a whole lot easier.
    Cons: These braces will not work in some instances, particularly with very crooked teeth. They cannot be used on children. It’s easy to lose the Invisalign tray. Treatment may take longer. Finally, they are the most expensive of all the braces options we offer.

Now that you have the lowdown on all of the braces on the market today, which is right for you? Give us a call to discuss your goals and the treatment options available to give you the best smile possible.

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