If you need orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist can provide a variety of options for what type of braces are used. In addition to traditional metal braces, there are also options that are practically invisible, or that are camouflaged so they are less noticeable. Depending upon your specific needs and diagnosis, one of these approaches might be a good choice for you.
Types of Braces
In the past, orthodontic treatment nearly always meant treatment with metal braces attached directly to your teeth, with rubber bands used to exert pressure to move the teeth into position. Today, there is a variety of options available, including:
- Lingual braces, which are placed on the backs of the teeth
- Porcelain braces, which are made of tooth-colored materials
- Clear braces, which use plastic trays instead of brackets to move the teeth
Invisible braces such as Invisalign are becoming more and more popular, especially as more adults seek orthodontic treatment or cosmetic dentistry to improve their appearance and to correct alignment problems. Adults are often reluctant to have orthodontic treatment because braces will detrimentally affect their appearance, or because of the perceived discomfort of traditional braces. For these patients, invisible braces are often an effective option.
What Type of Braces Should I Have?
The type of braces that will be most effective for you depends upon your personal preferences as well as the type and extent of treatment you require. In most cases, invisible braces, using removable plastic trays, can fully correct your alignment. However, sometimes the traditional approach is better. Talk to your dentist about treatment options, and which approach will be most effective, fastest, and least expensive based on your individual needs.
If you’re concerned about your appearance during your treatment, be sure to ask about invisible braces or other, less noticeable options. With the wider variety of treatments available today, it’s possible to improve your smile and correct your alignment without interfering with your day-to-day comfort, your quality of life, or your ability to do your job.
Contact our team today to discover your options.