There are a lot of right braces choices today – clear braces, metal braces, even Invisible Aligners such as Invisalign clear aligners. Although many of us associate braces with teenagers, people of any age can benefit from braces. In fact, today, more adults are choosing to get braces than ever before. We discussed this in an earlier blog, Invisalign and Braces for all ages.
Today we’re going to provide a little information on each type of brace to help you make the right choice to straighten your teeth.
Why You Might Want or Need Braces for your Teeth
Before we get into the types of braces, let’s discuss why you may want to make the right braces choices.
- Braces straighten your teeth or close the gaps between, providing you with a straighter smile.
- Braces can improve your bite, making it easier to clean your teeth, chew foods and potentially easing jaw pain.
Whether you have clear braces, metal or Invisalign, the goal of braces is to slowly and gently pull teeth into the correct position.
Metal braces are made out of metal (of course!). Metal braces have three main components:
- Small metal brackets which are applied to the front of your teeth with special dental cement.
- Metal wire that ties the brackets together.
- Rubber bands (if necessary) that help link the brackets to the wire.
- Metal braces are typically the most cost-effective orthodontic treatment.
- Metal braces can work faster, providing quicker results.
The main cons of metal braces are their look. Technology has advanced a lot from the “tinsel teeth” days. Brackets are smaller, which means they’re less visible and don’t snag as much on the lips and gums. But metal braces are still very visible to others and many patients don’t want to draw attention to their braces.
Clear Braces (or Ceramic Braces)
Clear braces work exactly like metal braces. The biggest difference with clear braces is visibility. With clear braces, the brackets are made from ceramic. The ceramic is transparent or teeth-coloured, so it is not as noticeable when you smile.
The wire can be metal or three is now clear wire which reduces the visibility.
- Clear braces are less prominent than metal.
- Due to their softer bracket material, clear braces are less likely to irritate the bums.
The main con of clear braces vs. metal braces is cost. Clear braces are more expensive. However, they are less expensive than Invisalign, so they may be a cost-effective choice for those who don’t want metal braces. Due to their softer material, clear braces can be less durable than metal braces and treatment can take a little longer.
Most of our patients ask about Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign aligners are clear trays that are placed in your mouth to shift your teeth slowly over time. Although you wear Invisalign aligners for 20 – 22 hours a day (basically any time you are not eating), most people don’t even know you are wearing them. The process of straightening your teeth is a little slower and gentler with Invisalign, and patients report less discomfort.
- Practically invisible when you are wearing them.
- You take them out to eat, brush and floss, meaning you don’t get food stuck in your braces and it’s easier to keep your teeth clean.
- The smooth surface won’t get stuck on your gums or lips.
The main con of Invisalign is cost and time. It takes longer to align your teeth with Invisalign than metal or clear braces, especially if you take the trays out frequently.
Talk to Dr. Aaron Langdon About Straightening your Teeth with Braces
Dr. Aaron Langdon at Cranberry Hill Dentistry would love to talk to you about different right braces choices. A straighter smile and a better bite can not only improve your confidence, it can improve your health! Make an appointment with Cranberry Hill Dentistry in Waterdown to discuss the benefits of clear braces, metal or Invisalign today!
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