Typically, metal braces will be the most common type that dentists choose to use. These type of braces are made from high-grade stainless steel. The braces that are out today are more comfortable and smaller, which also means more attractive. There are even different colors for the elastics, and most patients love to change up the colors. There are many color options available.
Benefits of Metal Braces
Metal braces have been around for years and were the tradition route to take, so they are reliable. They are usually cost efficient. A great benefit of metal braces is that they are almost always covered by insurance companies.
How Do They Work?
Metal braces are made from brackets that are bound on to the teeth by a tight metal band or glue. There is a tiny wire that will run throughout the brackets, which will allow some pressure to be applied to the teeth. The pressure will cause the teeth to switch positions. In return, it will correct spacing/bite issues, as well as straighten the teeth.
Ceramic braces are a popular choice for most children. Even adults seem to favor these braces over the rest. The reason they are so popular is because of having clear material, being almost unnoticeable.
The Benefits of Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are quite strong. The comfort level meets most patient’s expectations, and that is because there is gentle pressure that is added to the teeth from the brackets. The ceramic braces are cost efficient, so most insurance companies shouldn’t have a problem covering the cost.
How Do They Work?
Ceramic braces act in applying gentle pressure to the teeth, which will force them into the position that is desired. The brackets are made from plasma light, which is a strong adhesive. The bond will make it a rare experience that someone should have a ceramic bracket become loose.
If someone has minor orthodontic issues, a retainer could be used. Retainers are for both, the upper and the lower teeth.
The Benefits of Retainers
There are four different types of retainers, so the dentist will be able to properly guide you to the right one. They help maintain the teeth, straighten teeth alignment, and fix minor issues.
How Does it Work?
Retainers should be worn at night or during the day, depending on what your dentist suggests. Each patient may get different orders from their dentist. A retainer can just be a fixed wire that is bonded to the lower teeth (on the back of the teeth) or it can even be a removable device, which is plastic, and is a single wire for the front teeth.
Invisalign is a newer type of option for adults when it comes to correction of the teeth or bite issues. The Invisalign option has clear overlay templates that are generated by computer simulation. They act by gradually moving the teeth.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign easily straightens the teeth with a clear appearance, unlike the other braces-type of options. The comfort level is high for the patients who wear these. Reduces cross bites and other minor issues. You have the ability to eat whatever you want with Invisalign. You can easily remove the aligners to clean them.
How Does It Work?
First, you will talk to your provider, and then you will need custom aligners. With Invisalign, you need custom-fit aligners so they can adequately fix the issue. Once you receive your aligners, you wear them and take them off as you need. They are made without BPA, so there is no irritation.