Types Of Braces: All Kinds Explained

There are plenty of different kinds of braces that you can get, and this article is going to discuss all of them. This article will also discuss the positives and negatives of each while comparing them to one another. Often, the decision on which orthodontic system to choose depends on your orthodontist and which type appeals to you the most.

 Metal

  • These are the standard system among orthodontists. They are silver colored but also available in a variety of different colors. The steel is durable over long periods and rarely breaks. When they are placed on, they will feel uncomfortable because your mouth has yet to adjust and accommodate the pressure caused by them. An archwire is attached to all the brackets, both upper and lower to move them into their desired positions.
  • Pros: Cheapest kind of orthodontics, can add color to them, and durable.
  • Cons: Easily noticeable compared to others.

 Ceramic

  • The ceramic system has become one of the more popular kinds of orthodontics. They have the same size and shape as regular brackets but are transparent to camouflage them. Similar to the traditional system, they have an archwire connected to them. These are typically worn by older individuals.
  • Pros: Transparent, which make them harder to see, and essentially means people need to be close up to notice.
  • Cons: higher cost, more sensitive, can stain and less sturdy when compared to stainless steel.

Invisalign

  • Invisalign mouth guards are unique when compared to the other orthodontic systems available. An impression of your teeth is taken, and a clear mold is made which works to straighten them. It is difficult to notice because it is completely see through. Once every few weeks a new mold is made to ensure continuous progress. This process continues until the desired result is achieved.
  • Pros: Comfortable, hard to notice, removable.
  • Cons: Needs a fully grown mouth (full grown adults), can lose them, can forget to wear them, can break, only certain individuals can qualify.

Lingual

  • Linguals are placed behind the teeth. The only difference between them and the metal ones is the location of the brackets and wires. Only specific cases and patients can get the lingual system. It can be challenging to find an orthodontist who is trained to deal with linguals.
  • Pros: can’t be seen unless someone looks at you from an upper or lower angle.
  • Cons: Hard for an orthodontist to put in. This means that a small mouth is difficult for an orthodontist to work with. Additionally, adjustments will take longer, and specific scenarios are impossible to use, cost more.

Damon

  • The Damon System is different in a few ways. The first being the use of a “self-litigating” brackets. These hold wires in place which allow free movement and removing the need for tightening. Secondly, they do not require rubber bands like traditional braces.
  • Pros: No tightening appointments/adjustments, No elastics.
  • Cons: Expensive

Be sure to speak with an orthodontist about the best option is for you.