With the advancement in dental technology, dentists and patients have a variety of dental treatment options to choose from. And one such example is the variety in dental braces. From ceramic braces to tooth-colored braces, dental braces are available in different types to meet the expectations of dentists and patients alike.
Here’s an insight into three of the most common types of dental braces.
These are the most recent and popular type of dental braces. They can be better defined as clear plastic retainers that patients are supposed to wear throughout the day. These are typically recommended for individuals with crooked teeth.
First, measurements of the patient’s teeth are taken, which are then forwarded to the dental lab so that plastic trays can be made. The patient wears the plastic retainers for some time and on his/her next appointment, the same procedure is carried out. With time and use of new Invisalign retainers on a constant basis, the teeth move into their proper position.
The reason most people opt for Invisalign braces is that they are invisible, which means that they offer satisfactory aesthetic results. Moreover, these braces can be easily removed between meals and cleanings. Being high-tech, these braces are computer simulated and they don’t cause tooth staining or tooth damage.
These braces are yet another popular choice for people seeking dental braces. Ceramic braces are typically prepared by using a mixture of several inorganic materials. The braces are applied by affixing them to every tooth individually. An arch wire spanning the length of the upper and lower teeth is attached to the braces with the help of ligatures.
Although ceramic braces work the same as their metal counterparts, they provide a less conspicuous appearance. This is because ceramic material is developed in different colors for complementing the tooth color. Because the material comes in different shades, these braces blend in well with the teeth. Since ceramic is known to have concrete’s strength, these braces are quite strong.
These permanent braces are also known to provide a more comfortable experience to patients and their ligatures can be easily exchanged. While these braces aren’t as costly as Invisalign braces, they are more expensive than metallic braces.
Just like Invisalign braces, these braces are also categorized as invisible braces because they are positioned on the teeth’s inside surface rather than the outside. Unlike ceramic braces, these braces don’t work by matching the color of the braces with the patient’s tooth color but these braces tend to be hidden by residing on the inner side.
It should be noted that these braces can only be installed by experienced and qualified orthodontists. The basic idea is using metal brackets with the same techniques applied on the other side of the teeth. While many people opt for these braces because they are completely hidden, these braces do have certain limitations. In fact, they may take a long time to show results and most patients aren’t even considered ideal candidates for lingual braces.