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Types of Braces

Types of Braces

Braces help with teeth alignment and getting a beautiful smile. How do they work? Well, braces put pressure on your teeth, causing the teeth to move into the correct place. When all their work is done, you’ll be feeling as confident as a Hollywood star!

But do you know about the different types of braces? Let’s make sure you know what each type is all about!

Traditional braces

Ever since the 1800s, traditional braces involved metal brackets and wires that are attached to the teeth. Thankfully, they’ve progressed since then, and are much lighter! 

These are the least expensive types. They can be off-putting since they are very noticeable.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic Braces are like traditional braces but they’re made of clear ceramic material that blend in with the teeth. These work like traditional braces but are not as visible. They are, however, more expensive. You also need to put more effort into cleaning to prevent them from looking stained.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are attached on the inside of the teeth! They are hidden but less effective than the traditional option as they take longer to do the job. Your tongue is always against your teeth, making these braces very uncomfortable. Cleaning them has proven to be quite the task too!

Self-Ligating braces

Self-Ligating braces use clips instead of elastic bands (or ligatures) to hold wires in place. It is easier to clean but it is more expensive. These braces are also very noticeable.

Forsus Appliances

Remember those headgears that made kids look like transformers? They’ve been replaced by Forsus Appliances! This appliance is a spring inside the cheeks that attach to the braces. It adjusts the upper and lower jaw into position, but without assembling the autobots. 

Invisalign

Lastly, here’s our favorite: Invisalign. They are a range of clear plastic aligners that look like mouth guards. Every two weeks you change them out for a newly custom-made aligner that takes your teeth adjustment to the next step. You can even remove them, giving you the freedom to eat and drink without fuss. They can be more expensive than the traditional braces, but they are barely visible. Invisalign is the least bothersome and most visually pleasing option.

Whether you want perfect pearly whites or want to fix crowded teeth, braces have got your back. If you’re worried about the timelines and procedure, chat to your dentist! They can give you all the information you need to ease your mind. 

We’d be more than happy to discuss the best oral care options with you. Book an appointment with us now!

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