Whether you’re an adult thinking of getting braces to improve your smile or you’re a parent planning to get braces for your young adolescent, there are now many more choices in store for you. The technology which produces braces has greatly advanced in recent years, and today, you can benefit from advancements that make wearing braces easier, more comfortable, more effective, and less invasive. So, what are your choices when it comes to the different kinds of braces today? Here’s a look at the most popular and effective kinds of braces you can have for your teeth or your child’s teeth.
We’ve seen them before, and we’ll see them for years to come. Metal braces are the epitome of braces, and many people have benefitted from them through the decades. But if you think the metal braces of the 80s are still the same as the metal braces of today, think again. Today, metal braces are not as invasive as metal braces in the past, and they’re less expensive. One great aspect about metal braces is that it’s easier to see how much progress your teeth have made. Each individual bracket is attached to the tooth, and the bracket is secured with ultraviolet light. Afterwards, a wire is stuck on to the bracket. This wire will be regularly checked by your orthodontist, who will make adjustments when necessary in order to encourage the movement of teeth.
An increasingly popular option, clear braces are just like classic braces made of metal, with one difference – they are almost invisible, especially from a distance. The beauty of clear braces is that you can wear them with more confidence because they don’t give you that noticeable ‘metal mouth’ look. The treatment for clear braces is just the same as metal braces, with the wires being adjusted periodically to encourage the movement of teeth.
Lingual braces are yet another increasingly common choice for many, even though it’s still a relatively new form of braces. Lingual braces are different from metal and clear braces in that the brackets are not positioned at the front of your teeth – they are positioned at the back. An orthodontist, such as an orthodontist from Woodbridge VA firm American Braces Smile Center, will make use of a smaller series of wires in order to move the teeth. But even if lingual braces are the least noticeable of the different kinds of braces, these braces can cause some discomfort, with food more likely to stick in between each bracket.
Whatever type of braces you decide to have in the end, it’s important that you know what to expect – progress is made depending on the condition of the teeth, but with the right braces (and the right orthodontist), that beautiful smile is certainly within reach.
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