Types of Braces
There are many different types of orthodontic braces available for both children and adults. Each type, though made of varying components, realigns the teeth to enhance chewing, biting, and aesthetics.
The two main types of braces available are removable and fixed devices. As the names suggest, removable devices can be moved into and out of the mouth at any time, while fixed devices are both applied and removed by the orthodontist.
Traditional Fixed Braces, metal or ceramic
Traditional braces are often more affordable and sometimes more expedient than any other kind of braces. They do require more daily maintenance, after all, it is important to keep your braces and teeth as clean as possible during treatment, but are a good option for patients who are not able to wear removable appliances consistently. During application of fixed braces, individual brackets are glued to each tooth on the arch and a thin wire connects the brackets. Traditional fixed braces work on the premise that consistent pressure is applied to the teeth. The appliances must modified by the orthodontist at regular intervals to continue exerting appropriate pressure.
There are two main types of brackets available: metal and ceramic. The metal brackets are made of high grade stainless steel and tend to be the least problematic structurally, but they are also the most visible. Ceramic brackets are equally effective and more cosmetic, but can sometimes stain or chip if not cared for properly.
Invisalign® Clear Aligners
The Invisalign system is a series of removable aligning trays, which gradually reposition the teeth into correct alignment. Generally, patients wear each aligner for one to two weeks before switching to the next one. Each aligning tray has small changes incorporated in them so that teeth are gradually straightened as the trays are switched. Invisalign trays are more convenient than traditional braces as they can be easily removed for eating and social functions, but they do require commitment from the weares and must be worn full time for best results.
If you have questions or concerns about any type of braces, please contact us to schedule your initial consultation appointment.