Mal-aligned teeth are people’s primary concern these days owing to concerns over their esthetics and appearance. Orthodontic treatment, performed using braces and brackets, aids in the alignment of all teeth in their proper position, addressing your functional and esthetic concerns.
There are several varieties of brackets, for you to choose from:
- Metal Brackets
- Ceramic Brackets
- lingual Brackets
- Invisalign clear aligners.
Metal braces/Traditional braces
These are the metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word “braces”. However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious “metal-mouth” braces that many adults remember. Plus, new heat-activated arch wires use your body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than in the past.
Pros: Least expensive type; colored bands give kids a chance to express themselves
Cons: Most noticeable type of braces
Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend with the teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to be even less noticeable.
Pros: Less noticeable than metal braces; More esthetic appearance boosting ones confidence and self-esteem.
Cons: More expensive than metal braces; Brackets can stain easily if patients don’t care for them well
Damon braces (Self Ligating braces/Speed braces)
The Damon system is an orthodontic treatment that uses self-ligating braces. This means that rather than attaching the arch wire to the brackets with elastic ligatures, the brackets themselves have a component that closes around the wire to keep it attached.
Pros: Less noticeable than metal braces;
Cons: More expensive than metal braces
Lingual Braces (Invisible braces)
Lingual braces are the same as traditional metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are placed on the inner side of teeth.
Pros: Invisible from outside. More esthetic appearing, boosting ones confidence and self-esteem.
Cons: 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
Invisalign consists of a series of 18 to 30 custom-made, mouth guard-like clear, translucent plastic aligners. The aligners are removable and are replaced every 2 weeks.
Pros: Almost invisible; Patients can eat and drink whatever they want. More esthetic appearing, boosting ones confidence and self-esteem.
Cons: More expensive option; can be easily lost and costly to replace.