- Metal Braces
Metal braces are the most common type for orthodontic patients. Today’s metal braces are much smaller, flatter, and more comfortable than in the past. Patients of all ages choose metal braces to help them achieve straight, beautiful smiles. Traditional metal braces are made of high-quality stainless steel or titanium. The three main parts of your braces are:
3. Ligature elastic
- Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to be even less noticeable.
1. Less noticeable than metal braces; move teeth much faster than clear plastic aligners (Invisalign)
2. More expensive than metal braces; Brackets can stain easily if patients don’t care for them well
- Lingual **Braces
Lingual braces are the same as traditional metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of teeth.
1. Invisible from outside
2. Difficult to clean; more expensive; not appropriate for severe cases; can be more uncomfortable at first; regular adjustments take longer and are more difficult than with traditional braces
- Invisible Othodontic Aligners
Invisalign consists of a series of 18 to 30 custom-made, mouth guard-like clear plastic aligners. The aligners are removable and are replaced every 2 weeks.
1. Almost invisible; Patients can eat and drink whatever they want
2. Will not work for serious dental problems; only available for adults and teens, not children; more expensive option; can be easily lost and costly to replace; treatment may potentially take longer