Types of Braces
Patients who visit our orthodontist can choose from several types of braces depending on their treatment goals and eligibility. Treatment time, versatility and level of discretion differ significantly between options, letting patients receive the option that best meets their needs and preferences. Here is more about the types of braces available at our office.
Traditional metal braces remain a common orthodontic treatment. Thanks to efficacy in almost all types of bite irregularities and utility in all age groups, metal braces can be considered the most flexible solution for straightening teeth. Treatment consists of metal brackets that are bonded to the fronts of teeth and threaded with arch wires that are tightened regularly during treatment to move teeth into position.
Like metal braces, lingual braces involve metal brackets that are threaded with wires, which are continually tightened to reposition teeth. However, lingual braces are placed behind teeth rather in front, giving patients more discretion. Lingual braces on top teeth are practically invisible while ones on the bottom are mostly hidden. Some patients, such as those with unusually small teeth or severe overbite, may not qualify for this option.
Ceramic braces work similarly to metal braces, but the brackets are made of ceramic that matches the color of tooth enamel, making them more discreet than brackets made of metal. Tooth-colored wires can also be used for even more discretion. Because ceramic braces are more fragile than metal ones, extra care must be taken to avoid damaging them during treatment.
Invisible braces use clear plastic aligners that patients wear over their teeth. With no brackets and wires, this option is more comfortable and less likely to contribute to oral health problems during treatment. In many cases, invisible braces also correct teeth more quickly than other types. Although most types of bite irregularities can be corrected with these types of braces, candidacy is generally limited to adults and older adolescents.
Despite their differences, all of these types of braces offer similar improvements in appearance, oral comfort and health after completion. To learn more about these options, patients can schedule a consultation with our orthodontist in Rocklin.
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