Braces – The Four Types of Braces for Children and Adults

Braces – a solution to straightening the smile. Unfortunately, not all of us were born with perfectly straight teeth. However, lucky for us there are a number of effective orthodontic solutions aimed at giving us the straight and brilliant smile that we have always dreamed of. Orthodontic treatment with the help of braces, can make a big difference in the life of a child and even for adults. Contrary to common belief, braces are not just for children, but rather a viable orthodontic solution for adults as well.

If you are not happy with the positioning of your teeth or if you orthodontist has recommended braces for you or your child, there are four options that you have. Read on as we review the four types of braces used in orthodontic treatments to straighten the teeth today.

Four Types of Braces

There are four types of brace options available to you or your child. The four types are as follows:

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are sometimes referred to as metal braces and they have come a long way since the early days. They are also the most inexpensive type of braces available. However, they are also the most noticeable of the options. This type of brace has progressed significantly in its structure and weight, where today they are much smaller and lighter weight than they once were. They are constructed of high-grade stainless steel brackets that are attached to the front of the tooth using a specially formulated type of cement. Archwire links together each bracket, which pulls and puts pressure the teeth that causes them to slowly shift into ideal positioning. The archwires that connect the brackets are connected by way of minute elastics, known as o-rings. These o-rings are adjusted or tightened at each orthodontic visit to help move the teeth into desired locations. Today, some traditional braces no longer are made with o-rings and therefore do not require adjustments, these are referred to as self-litigating braces.


Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces function in the same way as the traditional metal version, only they are made of transparent, clear ceramic material. This makes the brackets less visible to the naked eye, which also makes them a popular choice among older adults in need of such an orthodontic solution. This type of orthodontic solution is more expensive than the metal or traditional version, but are also not quite as visible. The ties that connect the brackets come with an option of stainless steel or clear, which have been known to stain. For this reason, the ties (when selected in the clear version) will need to be changed at each orthodontic visit to prevent excessive discoloration – usually every month. Additionally, one common complaint with this type of brace is that patients sometimes find the clear brackets to become discolored over time. This makes them more high maintenance than other options and therefore more costly. Another downside to the ceramic solution is that they are more sensitive than their metal counterpart, making them more susceptible to chips or breaks.


Lingual Braces

This orthodontic solution uses the same mechanisms as the traditional metal option only the brackets and archwires are placed on the inside of the teeth. They are customized to be bonded and therefore hidden behind the teeth, which allows them to remain virtually undetectable. This orthodontic solution is more complicated to install and not every orthodontist has experience in doing so. This makes this option a more expensive one. This orthodontic solution is not for everyone because they are not useful on small teeth and also have been known to get in the way of the tongue, which can potentially lead to injury and speech problems. They take some getting used to and can be more uncomfortable than traditional and ceramic braces. They are also difficult to keep clean and are not suitable for severe cases.


Invisible Braces

Invisalign is a clear orthodontic solution that comes in the form of an aligner, which resembles a mouth guard. This alternative to traditional, ceramic or lingual braces involves a set of clear plastic aligners that are custom made for the patient, each of which adjusts the teeth closer to the final desired location. The trays are removable for cleaning and eating, which allow for better upkeep of oral hygiene.  This solution is best for minor to moderate adjustments and not so much for severe cases. This is type of orthodontic solution is the most expensive of the four options because they are basically invisible.


Progressive Dental Care Center – Your Brace Solution Headquarters

Progressive Dental Care Center is your home for any and all of your orthodontic solution needs. If you are in the Hanover, PA area and are looking for an oral care provider to help give you the straight smile you have always dreamed of, then you have come to the right place.


Call Progressive Dental Care Center today to schedule your consultation!




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