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Types of Dental Braces

Posted on 7/4/2022 by Bryan Neu
Types of Dental BracesWhen considering orthodontic treatment to align your smile, you can choose from a variety of different types of braces. The ideal teeth straightening method may vary depending on your present bite, age, and lifestyle.

Traditional Metallic Braces

Your orthodontist will fix brackets to your teeth, connecting them with thin metal wires and fastening them with elastic bands. These orthodontic appliances will straighten teeth using moderate pressure.

They are still the most prominent type, but because of technological advances, current metal braces are significantly smaller than they were in the past. The metal brackets are less visible and cause minor irritation than they did previously. You can also choose and alter your colors at each appointment.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces function similarly to metal braces, except that the metal brackets are replaced with ceramic brackets, making them less visible. This treatment is still helpful for all cases.

However, ceramic braces are slightly more delicate than metal ones, and the elastic ring that holds the bracket to the wire can discolor when exposed to specific foods.

Self- Litigating Braces

The archwire secures the brackets of self-ligating braces via an integrated mechanism. Even though they do not require elastics to hold the archwire in place, they still need to be adjusted by an orthodontist, although more quickly. In general, they offer the same benefits and drawbacks as traditional metal braces and ceramic braces.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are essentially the same as traditional braces, except they are fixed to the lingual side of the back teeth. Furthermore, because the placement of lingual braces is on the back teeth, they are nearly unnoticeable.

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