Type of Braces
When your Coral Gables cosmetic dentist or orthodontist recommends braces, you may be baffled by all the choices and options. There are many different types of braces, and each is suitable for different conditions and patients, so you’ll need to talk to your Coral Gables cosmetic dentist or orthodontist to find the braces that are right for you.
Metal braces are what most people think of when they think of braces. These braces affix a metal bracket to the tooth and connect those brackets with a wire. They may have posts for rubber bands or other attachments. They can be uncomfortable, and they’re noticeable (although much less noticeable than they used to be), but they’re usually the cheapest option.
Ceramic or tooth-colored braces are similar in design to the metal braces, but instead of a metal bracket, a ceramic or porcelain bracket is used in a color close to the natural tooth color. The metal wire is still fully visible, so these aren’t invisible, but they aren’t as noticeable as metal braces. Because the design is basically similar to metal braces, these braces have a lot of the same disadvantages. The brackets can stain and discolor if they’re not cared for well, and they’re usually a little more expensive than metal braces.
Invisalign is a type of clear plastic tray that fits over the teeth. Unlike other braces, these trays are removable. Most patients will wear each tray for about 2 weeks. Invisalign is not appropriate for all types of orthodontic treatment, but Invisalign is often invisible to others, so it’s a great solution for teenagers and adults who might want to avoid the “metal mouth” of traditional braces. They can be more costly than other types of braces, and they can be easily lost with younger users, but they’re a great solution that blends orthodontic treatment with cosmetic dentistry.
Finally, lingual braces are a type of brace that’s attached to the back side of the teeth instead of the front side. These braces are usually metal braces, but because they’re hidden behind the teeth, they’re less noticeable. Lingual braces are more difficult to adjust than traditional braces, and they may not be appropriate for all orthodontic conditions, but they’re a great alternative to traditional braces in situations where Invisalign isn’t appropriate.