The world of orthodontics is not the same as it used to be, and it’s exciting to see the new and improved products available now to treat orthodontic issues. Although traditional metal braces are still widely used, there are other products available to help blend in seamlessly with your lifestyle, making it an exciting time for orthodontic patients everywhere. Here are some of your options.
Otherwise known as traditional metal braces, silver braces are the most common form of orthodontic treatment and have been around for decades. Made of stainless steel, silver braces are composed of brackets, which are attached to your teeth and wires. The wires are adjusted periodically by your orthodontist to help guide the teeth into the proper spots within the mouth. Silver braces are perfect for kids, especially since they get to choose their elastics colors each time they see their orthodontist, making it fun to express their style and individuality.
Ceramic – or clear – braces are a top choice for many adult patients, due to their ability to blend in nicely with the teeth, making them less noticeable. Ceramic braces are composed of clear or tooth-colored brackets, which help them have a more discreet appearance. Due to their clear appearance, they tend to stain if not taken care of properly and can be a bit more delicate than silver braces, so take that into consideration.
Other Types of Braces
You may have only heard of metal braces and clear braces, but there are many other types of braces available today, including:
- Self-ligating braces
- Lingual braces
Self-ligating braces have some of the same features as silver braces, but don’t require elastics. Instead, they have a clip on each bracket to keep the archwire in place as it guides the teeth to their proper positions. This means less trips to your orthodontist for adjustments, since the clips don’t need to be replaced like the elastics do.
Lingual braces are another option for patients. These braces are placed on the inside of the teeth, making them virtually invisible from the front. WildSmiles is a fun option for braces. These specially-designed brackets are available in a variety of shapes, making them fun for tweens and teens.
These clear plastic aligners are perfect for adult patients who don’t want their orthodontic treatment to get in the way of their lifestyle. The aligners, which must be worn 20-22 hours each day and removed when eating and drinking, are changed out weekly or bi-weekly, and with proper wear, can have the same results as braces. Invisalign comes in a variety of options, ranging from treatment of mild to more severe issues, and are perfect for those who want a comfortable, discreet way to achieve a beautiful smile.
Your Treatment Options
With so many treatment options available today, it can be tough to choose the best one for you. Speak with your orthodontist to map out the best course of action for you and find the product that blends into your life as seamlessly as possible.