Today's parents had far fewer options when they were teenagers; they were just the standard metal braces available back then. But now, your children can have a variety of different brace options fitted to them. Orthodontists have developed new treatments over the years to improve the aesthetics of orthodontic appliances. However, choosing the right treatment method requires time and careful consideration.
Traditional metal braces are still the most common type of orthodontic appliance. An arc of wire is connected to the tooth supports, providing even pressure to move the teeth in the right direction. For those who want a more discreet look, ceramic braces are an attractive option. Also called transparent braces, ceramic braces are virtually invisible as they use tooth-colored ceramic brackets instead of metal and a white wire.
They're a popular choice for adults who prefer a subtle look compared to metal braces. Lingual braces are another option for those who want an even more discreet look. Also called interior braces, lingual braces are custom-made braces designed to fit the contour of the inside of each tooth. A wire attaches the brackets together and places the teeth in their position by pulling from the inside.
They are as effective as standard outer shoulder straps, however, they take longer to fit, as each support must be tailor-made. Appointments with lingual braces may also need to be more frequent and last longer than traditional braces. Lingual braces may also be more difficult to keep clean and may affect speech in some patients. Lingual braces are more common among adults who are aware of how they will look with traditional braces, especially in the workplace. Invisalign is one of the newest options available.
The patient uses a series of personalized plastic trays for two weeks each, which slowly move the teeth to the preferred position. The aligners are practically invisible and are more comfortable to wear, since they have no metal parts that can rub against the gums and the inside of the mouth. The patient does not need to make any changes to their diet and can clean their teeth as they always have because Invisalign retainers are removed for eating and cleaning. It's not just the aesthetics of orthodontic appliances that will determine which one to choose. There are a few factors you should consider, such as cost, hygiene, and the end result.
In our experience, some patients worry unnecessarily about how they will look with orthodontic appliances. They may remain self-conscious about braces long after everyone else has forgotten about them. However, if you're worried about the appearance of braces, consider using lingual or ceramic braces that are invisible or barely noticeable. Because of the technology needed to customize the brackets and the time it takes to manufacture them in the laboratory, the cost of lingual orthodontic appliances is higher than that of other orthodontic treatments. Ceramic appliances are more expensive than metal ones due to the materials.
If you're thinking about using Invisalign, you should ask yourself if you'll be disciplined enough to wear them at least 23 hours a day every day. Every time you want to eat something, the personalized trays are removed and placed back in your mouth shortly after eating. The trays are replaced every two weeks, so if a set isn't used as often as it should, the treatment is at risk. Invisalign is a good option for straightening teeth, but it is not suitable for more complex cases involving an underbite and intense crowding, for example. Nor does Invisalign routinely refine the final positions of the teeth as effectively as braces. Complex orthodontic cases are best treated with braces.
The continuous pressure of the wire arch of orthodontic appliances slowly moves the teeth to the desired position over time. The wire arch is anchored to the teeth with brackets to keep it in place, allowing a multitude of problems to be solved. Occasionally, the patient may consider Invisalign for most of the treatment and complete the refinement of tooth positions with fixed braces. The final result can be determined by the treatment method you choose. Lingual braces have an obvious advantage over other types because they are hidden behind the teeth.
Each type is associated with a unique set of advantages and disadvantages that must be considered in deciding which one is best for each individual patient. Invisalign is distinctive because it doesn't include brackets or wires; instead it uses a series of custom-made transparent plastic aligners that are placed over the teeth. This type is as effective as traditional orthodontic appliances in achieving movement of teeth in desired positions but much less noticeable due to its color. Traditional metal braces remain one of most common types used today due to their affordability and effectiveness in improving tooth alignment.
They also allow greater freedom when it comes to eating and drinking anything without having to remove them like with Invisalign retainers. For complex cases involving an underbite or intense crowding, fixed braces may be recommended by your orthodontist for best results. However, if you're looking for an almost invisible option that won't draw attention from others then lingual or ceramic braces may be your best bet.