Only a few people are lucky enough to be born with perfect teeth and a beautiful smile, but thanks to orthodontic treatment that can make a huge difference to you or your child. At Sandbay Dental, your orthodontist will recommend different types of braces or dental appliances to help correct your particular problem.
When it comes to wearing braces at Sandbay Dental, patients have the opportunity to choose from different types of braces. When regular metal braces remain to be a popular choice, clear braces are becoming increasingly favored along with removable appliances like clear aligners. In this article, we would love to share with you what kind of braces exists, and to help you find the one that’s right for you!
When your braces are on, you will need to visit your orthodontist every few weeks for adjustments and progress observation. The required time duration for braces treatment is completely contingent on what problems your orthodontist is attempting to correct and types of braces you Choose, usually patients wear braces for about two years on average. After braces, patients usually need to wear a retainer to prevent their teeth from shifting back to their original incorrect positions.
Ultimately, you must decide, with the help and recommendation of our trusted orthodontist what kind of treatment plan is best for you or your child. Different types of braces that may be options for you or your child’s orthodontic treatment include:
- Clear Braces
Usually clear braces are made of ceramic material, which is less visible on your teeth than metal braces. Consequently, clear ceramic braces are more common on young people and adult patients. For instance, 3M™ Clarity™ ADVANCED Clear Braces are a popular choice at Sandbay Dental among those for whom aesthetics is very important. Even though, ceramic braces are visually less notable, they require more oral care. It’s important to note that they are more fragile, and if you smoke or drink too much coffee, these types of braces aren’t your best choice, as they can quickly discolor between orthodontic visits.
- Pros & Cons: They are a little more expensive than traditional braces because they are not as visible as them. They work with as much efficiency as traditional ones.
- Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most popular types of braces and usually are the most affordable. Metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel or gold, and straighten your teeth using metal brackets and arch-wires. Our little patients love their metal braces and often ask to add different types of braces bands for a more fun and colorful smile.
- Pros & Cons: The metal braces are very noticeable but they also provide a very effective, fast, and economical treatment.
- Removable Clear Appliances (Clear Aligners)
Clear appliances use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. At Sandbay Dental, we offer clear removable appliances, so you can eat and drink whatever you want during the treatment. Furthermore, brushing and flossing would be less of a hassle than with traditional braces. Clear aligners are very comfortable and have no metal material to cause mouth irritations during treatment.
- Pros & Cons: They are very convenient since they can be removed while having meals but they cost more than the rest and cannot provide complex treatments.
- Lingual Braces
Lingual braces are placed behind your teeth so no one will know that you are wearing braces unless you share it with them. These unique braces are created using state-of-the-art technology and are totally customized to the shape of your teeth and to your specific dental case. At Sandbay Dental, we offer two types of completely custom made lingual braces – Incognito Hidden Braces, and Harmony Invisible Lingual Braces.
- Pros & Cons: They are just like traditional braces but just placed on the backside of the teeth. Even though they are not visible they make the tongue uncomfortable and their effectiveness is limited.
Deciding Between the Different Types of Braces
The number of options that modern technology has brought for us makes it confusing to choose one. The best way to make a decision is to know which is the most appropriate choice for you. And you can determine that by consulting with an expert as they would recommend after looking in at your orthodontic treatment.