What are the common types of braces?
When considering braces, most people think their only option is traditional metal, but this just isn't the case. There are several options to people in need of teeth straightening that lots of folks aren't even aware of. The following provides an overview of some of the most common types of braces. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, don't hesitate to contact your orthodontist.
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.
Gold braces are similar to traditional metal braces in many ways. They are made of stainless steel, but are uniquely coated in gold. The gold coating may be considered a more cosmetic option than traditional metal braces. And, the cost of gold braces is surprisingly comparable to most clear braces.
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Invisible (Clear) Orthodontic Appliances
Invisalign® uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. And, no one can tell you are wearing Invisalign because it's invisible! Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.
At Macdonald Orthodontics we offer a variety of braces to ensure that we have an option that works best for every patient we serve. The friendly staff at our Gilbert and Mesa orthodontics offices would be happy to provide you with more information. Give us a call at the location nearest you to schedule an orthodontic consultation in Mesa or Gilbert today.