When it comes to orthodontic correction a patient will most likely require some type of braces. The type will be determined depending on the individual person's dental needs. Traditional metal braces are amongst the most common and are still as effective as ever.
Throughout the years, orthodontics has developed different types of braces to cater to people's cosmetic appearance. In this post, we will cover the differences between the variety of braces available.
Traditional Metal Braces | The Original Braces
Metal Braces are a great choice for anyone looking to get a straight smile. These braces can be for kids and adults but are generally the go-to option for children. Metal Braces are made of a very strong stainless steel alloy. They are super strong and durable.
Metal braces are by far the best option to correct severe cases and can also cut your treatment time down. Other teeth straightening options like Invisalign can take longer to achieve the same result.
- Less expensive than clear braces or Invisalign
- Better at treating severe overcrowding of teeth
- Durable and Strong
- Better for more difficult orthodontic cases
- Faster treatment time
- Metal Braces are more noticeable than other braces types
- Can be harder to clean
Clear Braces | Also Known as Ceramic Braces
Clear Braces are much less noticeable than metal braces. These braces are favored by teens and adults who are self-conscious about the way braces look. Ceramic Braces are still effective at treating your orthodontic problems and do not increase your treatment time.
This is a more expensive treatment option than traditional metal braces. They do cost more to purchase and often take more visits and more time to install also.
- Less noticeable than metal braces.
- It does not increase treatment time.
- Effective at treating most orthodontic problems
- More expensive than metal braces
- Can take more time to install
- The patient is required to qualify
Incognito Braces | Also Known as Hidden Braces
Lingual Incognito hidden braces are a unique treatment option in orthodontic dentistry. The braces are customized to be placed on the backside of your teeth so they are completely hidden from view. The price range can be about the same as metal braces or can cost up to $5,000 more. You will have to consult your orthodontist to determine a final price.
- Completely invisible
- The cost can be about the same as metal braces
- Easy to keep clean
- Effective Treatment Option
- Will take getting used to and affect your speech initially
- Cost may exceed metal braces
Invisalign | Also known as Clear Aligners
Invisalign is one of the more modern approaches when considering orthodontic treatment. Clear Aligners now addresses many cases, from simple to more complex. These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that won't irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do.
Simply wear them throughout the day, and remove them when you eat or to brush and floss your teeth. You need to wear them at least 22 hours each day. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. And because they're virtually invisible, most people won't even notice you're wearing them
- More comfort than metal braces
- More attractive and less noticeable than metal braces
- Can be removed to eat, brush and floss
- Minimal Maintenance
- More Expensive than traditional metal braces
- Patients are responsible for wearing them 22 hours a day
- Brushing is required after removing to eat