No one really wants to wear braces, but for many, braces are more than just a way to straighten your teeth. There are certain circumstances when braces are absolutely necessary to align your jaw and prevent future problems such as facial pain or potential problems with eating and speaking. The days of only metal options for braces are behind us as ceramic fittings and clear plastic molds known as Invisalign have become fantastic alternatives to traditional metal braces.
- Invisalign. These clear plastic straighteners are by far the least painful and noticeable of the any braces options. Invisalign are designed to be replaced every two weeks or so as your teeth move into place. A new mold is made of your teeth to replace the mold of previous alignment. They can be removed when eating and cannot be seen which makes them a popular choice. Invisalign straighteners can only be used in less severe cases when only light movement of teeth for alignment is necessary. For this reason Invisalign braces are a not an option for everyone.
- Clear Ceramic Brackets. This option is also popular due to the fact that the clear brackets are less visible making the wearer feel more confident. These can typically be used as an alternative to traditional metal brackets, but the cost is higher. The ceramic brackets are also more difficult to clean and keep from discoloring. While they wear very much the same as the metal version including tightening at each visit, they may be less appealing due to the cost and maintenance.
- Metal Brackets and Wires. Old school metal brackets are by far the cheapest and most commonly used option. They don’t discolor like ceramics and can be used for a wide variety of orthodontic issues unlike the Invisalign braces which are only used for mild cases. Metal braces are smaller than the older version and thereby less noticeable than they used to be. Metal is also the most affordable option of all the braces.
How do you know which braces to choose or why to choose them? Start by discussing options with a great dentist like Dr. Williams at Cedar Park Premier Dentistry. Each patient is different and what works for one may not work for another. Reading about some potential types of braces can help give you an idea of what is best for you before seeing your dentist.