Type of Braces

Traditional Metal Braces

This type of braces tends to be the most common and have become more comfortable today. It is produced from high-grade stainless steel and consists of metal braces that use archwires and metal brackets to straighten your teeth. Metal braces allow you to add colored rubber bands to give a more attractive smile.

Self-Ligating Braces

These particular braces are produced from the same materials as traditional braces. Self-ligating braces, however, do not need elastics, which means the tooth experiences less friction and the patient makes fewer appointments. Self-ligating braces consist of traditional metal, clear or ceramic brackets. They have the same size as metal braces, but make use of specialized clip instead of elastics with which the archwire guides teeth into position. The clip reduces the amount of pressure the tooth receives, and fewer adjustments are required since you don’t have to replace any elastic.

Clear (Ceramic) Braces

Ceramic braces are produced from clear, making them less visible on the teeth than metal braces. This is why ceramic braces are only mainly on adult and older teenage patients with cosmetic issues. While they are not the most visible, they require that one dedicates more attention to oral hygiene, as these braces are brittle and often larger than metal braces. Therefore, ceramic braces are often used more on upper front teeth.

Clear Aligners

These refer to a series of comfortable, removable, invisible acrylic trays used in straightening the teeth like braces. The aligners are not only invisible, they can be removed, so you can eat whatever you like during treatment, plus flossing and brushing wouldn’t be an issue. The aligners offer comfort and they do not possess metal that can cause abrasions during treatment.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are not visible when you smile as they are concealed behind the teeth. These braces are fully customized to imitate the shape of your teeth and the metal appliances are customized for you. Lingual braces are a great option for instrumentalists, actors/actresses, athletes, models and adult professionals.

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