Different Types of Braces and Their Uses
Braces are effective tools that are used for correcting dental issues such as underbites, overbites, and corked teeth. They are placed either on the lower side, upper side or both sides depending on the kind of correction that is required. These braces may be combined with other types of dental appliances and used for widening of a person’s jaws or palate, shaping the jaws and teeth and also for the creation of spaces in between your teeth.
Choosing braces largely depend on an individual’s budget and also personal choices, plus the recommendation from the experts at Denali Family Dental. Braces meant for children normally cost less as compared to those for adults, this is because children’s bones and teeth are in their developing stage and can be realigned more quickly and more easily. In adult cases, the cost of braces is quite expensive because orthodontic straightening of teeth takes a longer time. Moreover, most adult would choose an invisible brace which increases the costs further.
Due to the dental technology advancement, there have been inventions of different types of braces from clear to tooth-colored, metal braces to ceramic braces hence offering a wide selection basing on an individual’s needs. The different types of braces include the following:
- Standard Metal Braces
These types of braces are commonly used in children and adolescents. They include metal brackets that are joined by use of a metal wire. Though they offer the cheapest option, they are the most conspicuous and unsightly.
They can be customized to have colored or ceramic brackets, which makes them more pleasing. However, ceramic braces are quite expensive and can be designed in a way that matches the color of your teeth and are less noticeable as compared to the traditional metal type.
- Clear Aligner Trays
They are usually designed with clear plastic and sit over an individual’s teeth. Since they are clear, people can hardly notice that you are receiving orthodontic treatment. Their trays can be taken off easily especially when you are drinking or eating. The removability enables them to be cleaned thoroughly as compared to bonded bracket braces. A major disadvantage of aligners is that they can only deal with minor to moderate orthodontic issues. Moreover, patients are required to wear them only for a minimum duration of time throughout the day.
- Invisible or Lingual Braces
Lingual or invisible braces are usually placed on the back of your teeth. They are positioned on the lingual (tongue) side of the teeth. Though they can be uncomfortable for an individual, they are ideal for individuals who do not want their braces to be noticed. Due to their complicity, they are usually quite expensive as compared to traditional braces which are used on the front of the teeth.
In conclusion, if you require braces it is important if you research the different types thoroughly and which treatment suits you better depending on your budget. Having healthy and straight teeth not only help in preventing further dental costs, but also boosting an individual’s confidence and self-esteem.