Different types of braces are available to modern orthodontic patients, expanding options that patients can choose to suit their needs, lifestyle and budget. In addition to traditional metal braces, our orthodontist offers lingual, ceramic and invisible braces. Here is a look at these types, their unique advantages and how they differ from one another.
Metal Braces and Lingual Braces
Traditional metal braces can correct a wide range of bite irregularities and can be used by patients of all ages. Lingual braces are similar to conventional metal braces but are bonded behind the teeth, making them essentially invisible. Our orthodontist bonds the brackets to the teeth, inserts the wires and tightens them during the first appointment. Throughout treatment, regular appointments are used to tighten the wires further until correction is complete.
Ceramic braces are like metal braces but use ceramic brackets instead of metal ones. Because the ceramic can be translucent or tinted to match the natural color of teeth, ceramic braces are less noticeable than metal braces. Ceramic braces are also easier to clean and more comfortable compared to braces made of metal. Ceramic braces can be used by patients in all age groups, and adolescents often prefer them in order to avoid lifestyle disruption.
Invisible options are among the newer types of braces available to patients. Consisting of removable plastic aligners that are worn over the teeth, invisible braces are the most discreet form of orthodontic correction available. They offer greater comfort, easier dental hygiene, lower risks of breakage and shorter treatment time compared to alternatives. During correction with invisible braces, visits to our orthodontist are used to monitor progress and switch out aligners.
The number of options available to patients depends on individual factors, making a consultation with our orthodontist essential during the selection process. Regardless of which types of braces patients choose, they receive the same long list of benefits once treatment is complete.