types of braces
Orthodontic technology has advanced a lot in recent years. Braces (or brackets) are used like handles, which help the orthodontist move the teeth to their correct position. Orthodontists no longer need to place big metal bands on every tooth to straighten smiles like they used to. With updates in technology, brackets are getting smaller and more comfortable, and straightening teeth has become more aesthetic as well. While metal braces brackets are still the most common, other treatment options are available today. Read below to learn more about traditional braces and how you can customize them to fit your lifestyle.
Metal braces are the standard and most popular braces that most patients receive. Metal braces are adhered to your teeth and a thin wire, called an arch wire, is set through the brackets. Then, the wire is held in place with small rubber bands, called ligature elastic (or O-rings). You can often use colorful rubber bands to hold the wire as well as express your own sense of orthodontic style. Braces require periodic tightening so pressure can gradually straighten your teeth and align your jaw as needed. Because metal braces are made from a variety of alloys, even patients with metal allergies may can still be treated with metal braces.
Not all braces are metal. Clear braces are made out of a ceramic material instead of metal which makes them less noticeable on your teeth. They are adhered to your teeth in the same way as metal braces and you can still add colorful bands or ties. Or, if you prefer, you can simply choose a clear tie to make them blend in. Whatever your style choice, clear braces do the same job as metal braces.
Lingual Braces are braces that go on the back sides (tongue side) of the teeth instead of on the outside (cheek side) like the normal braces. Lingual braces often cost a little more due to the extra work in putting them properly in place. Lingual braces are usually metal but they are the most aesthetic option because they hide on the inside of the mouth while the front sides of the teeth stay clean. Adults often find lingual braces to be a great option, particularly if they prefer to have their treatment remain unnoticeable.