If your dentist has recommended braces, it’s probably for good reason. Braces can help improve the alignment of your teeth, which in turn can drastically improve your oral health. Having straight teeth can reduce pain associated with an overbite or underbite and can reduce your risk developing significant health issues, such as gum disease. If you need braces, what are your options for doing so?
These can be considered “traditional” or “stereotypical” braces. They involve brackets and wires and can be effective. But, they are awkward, uncomfortable, and a tremendous eyesore. Furthermore, it’s very difficult to keep them clean. Food particles easily become trapped between the wires.
These braces act the same way as metal braces but are not as visible. This is because they are made of a ceramic material that matches your teeth’s color. They require even more work to keep clean than metal braces and are very prone to staining.
These braces accomplish the same thing as metal braces, except they are placed on the inside of the teeth. Although others will not be able to see them, these braces are not very effective. You’ll likely need to wear them for a longer period than compared to other braces. Some patients also report difficulty speaking.
These braces correct your teeth, but really don’t look anything like braces. Instead of brackets and wires, they use clear plastic aligners that are replaced every few weeks as your teeth gradually shift. These are by far the least invasive braces available. They are invisible, which means your smile will still shine through without interruption. You’ll also be able to eat and drink everything you did before beginning the treatments. They are best for patients who need minor to moderate corrective dental work.