The different types of braces available at your dentist

June 6, 2021

Getting braces can do wonders for your teeth. Whether you want straighter teeth, want to fixed crooked teeth, or even have an underbite that you want correcting, getting braces can solve all of these problems. The tricky part is knowing what type of braces would work best for you and which would fit better into your lifestyle. If you are considering getting braces or have recently been advised by your dentist that you need them but aren’t sure which type to get, then here are the different types of braces that are available at your dentist.

Clear Aligners

The first type of braces that are available to you are clear aligners, which have grown greatly in popularity over the past couple of years. Clear aligners are essentially invisible braces. This type of brace is made specifically for you, as they are designed by your dentist from a mould of your teeth. The clear plastic that the aligners are made from is completely transparent, meaning they are discreet and hardly noticeable on your teeth. This means they are a great option if you want to straighten out your teeth, but don’t want the look of traditional metal braces of if you are self-conscious about getting braces. Seeing as the clear aligners are made specifically for your teeth, it means that they are extremely comfortable. They may be a bit tight at first, but after using them for a couple of days you will barely even notice that you are wearing them. This also means you can even wear them while you sleep.

Night time clear aligners are extremely comfortable and won’t cause you any discomfort or pain. Night time clear aligners are also a great option if you want to correct or straighten your teeth quickly, as they work in as little as 6 months.

Traditional Metal Braces 

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces that are available at your dentist, as they have been around the longest. Traditional braces involve a wire and brackets, that are typically made out of metal. This metal wire is moulded to fit into your mouth and is attached to your teeth with the metal brackets. These metal brackets come in a variety of different colours, which add brightness to your braces. Traditional metal braces are typically more noticeable on your teeth compared to the likes of invisible braces. Therefore, having different coloured brackets is way to may your braces look good while on your teeth. When you have traditional metal braces you are required to visit your dentist or orthodontist every couple of months for a check-up. During these check-ups your dentist or orthodontist will be able to view the progress that the braces have had on straightening your teeth, and it will also allow them to make any adjustments or tighten the braces if need be. 

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces are another common type of braces that your dentist or orthodontist may suggest for you when it comes to straightening your teeth. Ceramic braces work in the same way that traditional metal braces, but they are made out of a ceramic material as opposed to metal. This ceramic material blends into the natural colour of your teeth, meaning they are less noticeable. Again, these are a great option is you are looking for a more discreet set of braces, which is why so many people now choose ceramic braces over traditional metal ones. Although this type of braces is extremely effective at straightening your teeth, they are typically more expensive than the other types of braces previously mentioned. Ceramic braces may also become stained or discoloured if not cared for properly.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces work similarly to metal and ceramic braces and are a great way of straightening your teeth. Lingual braces are also made out of metal but are hardly even noticeable on your teeth as they are actually placed on the inner service of your teeth. This means that they can not be seen when you are talking, smiling, or even eating. Although this type of brace is discreet and are actually easier to wear than traditional metal braces, they do take a longer amount of time to correct or straighten your teeth. Lingual braces can also sometimes cause irritation in the mouth, as the braces do come in contact with your tongue. But overall, they are a great option if you want braces that are barely visible yet still as effective as other types of braces.  

Hopefully from this guide you are now aware of the types of braces that are available to you. So, when the time comes for  to you getting braces, you’ll be sure to find ones that work for you and suit your teeth. 

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