What are my options?
Today’s orthodontics offer more kinds of braces than ever before. Check out your options:
Metal braces/Traditional braces
These are the metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word “braces.” However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious “metal-mouth” braces than many adults remember. Plus, new heat-activated arch wires use your body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than in the past.
Pros: Least expensive type; colored bands give kids a chance to express themselves
Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to be even less noticeable.
Pros: Less noticeable than metal braces; move teeth much faster than clear plastic aligners (Invisalign)
Lingual braces are the same as traditional metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of teeth.
Pros: Invisible from outside
Pros: Almost invisible; Patients can eat and drink whatever they want
You can remove them when eating and brushing your teeth.
There is no restriction to any sports activities.
- be secure and robust;
- ensure full bracket engagement of the arch wire;
- exhibit low friction between bracket and arch wire;
- be quick and easy to use;
- permit high friction when desired;
- permit easy attachment of elastic chain;
- assist good oral hygiene;
- be comfortable for the patient.