Orthodontics offers several types of braces today, giving patients ample options for straightening their teeth. For patients wanting shorter treatment time, more comfort, and increased discretion, this broad selection of braces is easy to welcome. Here is a look at the types of braces now available.
Although metal braces are not as discreet or comfortable as some newer alternatives, they do have definite advantages. Not only are metal braces able to address a wider range of bite irregularities, but they also tend to be more affordable than other treatments.
Structured similarly to metal braces with brackets and wires, ceramic braces are more discreet thanks to their namesake material. One ceramic option, Damon braces, also offers self-ligating braces that are more comfortable and faster acting than metal braces.
These braces are also similar to metal braces, but they are hidden behind teeth rather than placed in front for all to see. Most patients can receive these, but some issues, such as severe overbite, may prevent candidacy.
As the leading discreet treatment today, Invisalign offers clear plastic aligners that are not only comfortable, but capable of correcting teeth more quickly than metal braces. However, Invisalign also has some limitations in terms of the issues it can correct, and cannot be used for children.
Individual candidacy for treatments depends on the goals of the patient, as well as the types of bite irregularities needing correction. For this reason, patients should schedule a consultation with Dr. Nazari, braces dentist, for a consultation before deciding on a particular treatment.