There are a number of options available when it comes to orthodontic treatments. From the different types available, some of them are more appropriate for you depending on your dental health and requirements. Unsightly metal bands are a thing of the past. The teeth straightening methods used now are unobtrusive and more comfortable. People turn to braces not only to straighten their teeth but also for other reasons like treating sleep apnea and reducing tooth wear. Though metal braces continue to be an effective solution, there are alternate options available now. Your orthodontist would guide with which works best for you.
Ceramic braces: They are similar to traditional metal braces with the exception of being equipped with clear or tooth-coloured brackets thus not being too obvious. Some ceramic braces come with tooth-coloured braces to make it less evident.
- Less visible than metal braces
- Faster teeth movement when compared to Invisalign braces
- Pricey than metal braces
- If not cared for properly, they are more prone to staining.
Invisalign: Invisible braces are clear aligners resembling a mouth guard. It comes with a set of 18 to 30 aligners which need to be replaced every two weeks. They are ideal for treating less severe orthodontic issues.
- Almost invisible
- Can be removed when brushing and eating
- Aren’t suitable for severe dental problems
Lingual braces: Also known as inside braces, these are similar to metal braces differing only in the placement of wires and brackets. They are fixed to the inside surface of teeth. They are customised for individuals depending on a person’s contours.
- Aren’t visible to others
- They are expensive and difficult to clean
- Since they are places closed to the tongue, they take some amount of time to get used to.
Metal braces: Metal braces are still widely used on kids and teens. They are also suitable for adults who are on a budget. Small metal brackets and metal wires are used to straighten teeth. They need to be readjusted at intervals and are very reliable and effective. They come in coloured elastic modules for younger patients so that they appear fashionable.
- Effective when extensive treatment is required
- Aesthetically unappealing to many due to the metal parts
Though the cheap straightening methods may sound like a good option now, they could likely turn out to be expensive and have damaging effects in the future. If the cost is of concern, you could ask your orthodontist to offer payment plans so that you can spread out the payments.