Thanks to the improvements in technology, dental braces can come in many designs that provide you with more options. But as there are plenty of choices, the type of braces you may need to get for yourself is still dependent on your lifestyle, your budget, and the kind of dental treatment you require. Some types may work for you better than others.
Below are some points that can help you distinguish which dental braces suit you best:
- These are made of brackets that are cemented to the teeth. There are also wires that run across the row and in between the brackets.
- Traditional braces can either be made from nickel titanium or stainless steel. They are light and will not corrode when in contact with water. Some traditional braces come in gold plating, but tests show that people can develop allergies with it.
- Traditional braces can be irritating to the mouth as the wires can snag or loosen up, due to it not being secured well. A re-djustment may be needed when this happens. But a quick fix using an orthodontic wax can temporarily help with the irritation.
- Wires have to be adjusted every now and then, which means regular visits to the orthodontist is a must. With each re-adjustment, there will be pain and sorrowness in the gums. This usually goes away after a few days.
- People can develop mouth sores if the braces are not cleaned well, so it is essential to brush around the brackets and avoid food that may be lodged in between it. Flossing should also help.
- The metallic component does not look aesthetically pleasing for some people, which is why others seek alternatives for this type of braces.
Ceramic or Plastic Braces
- This type of braces is usually designed to blend with the teeth's normal color, so that it is less noticeable.
- They work like traditional braces. Only the aesthetics part has been improved.
- Ceramic and plastic braces tend to be more brittle. They also tend to cost more than traditional wires.
- By definition, lingual braces are installed at the back of the teeth, and not to the front side. Here, they really appear "invisible".
- Because the backside is closest to the tongue, it may be very difficult to talk with it. You may need lots of time to get used to the braces. Additionally, you may also cut your tongue often.
- Installation of lingual braces is complicated, although the whole treatment process is shorter than traditional braces.
- This is rather expensive compared to other type of braces.
Of the three types, traditional braces remains to be the best option as the procedure for this is tried and tested. While the rest of the options are really advantageous aesthetically, they still come with a lot of limitation.