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Metal braces use metal brackets and wires. This is what most people picture when they hear the word “braces.” Traditional braces are typically more effective at treating extreme overcrowding than the other options below. They give an orthodontist more control to move the teeth in small increments at a time.
Metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel. Kids and teens can also add coloured elastics to the front for a more personalized look.
Pros: Metal braces are almost always the least expensive option. They can also be the best option for more complicated issues.
Cons: Metal braces are the most obvious looking. You also have to typically avoid eating hard or crunchy foods that could damage your braces, as well as sticky foods or chewy foods that could stick to them.
Metal braces also usually need to be worn for longer than aligners (below).
Clear braces use clear ‘invisible’, aligner trays, like the image shown on the right. The trays are switched out approximately every 2 weeks to gently move your teeth in the correct position. Treatment time is about 1 year on average.
Invisalign can help with overbites, underbites, crossbites, crowded teeth, and spaces between teeth. Invisalign is also a great option if you’ve had braces before and weren’t happy with the result or your teeth have since shifted because you didn’t wear your retainer.
Pros: Aligner trays are more comfortable than braces, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. There are also no painful tightening appointments like with braces, just simple check-in appointments every 4-6 weeks so the dentist can check your progress and give you your new trays.
Invisalign trays are also removable so you can take them out to eat and drink, as well as brush your teeth. With Invisalign you never have to worry about food getting stuck in your braces.
Treatment time also tends to be less than traditional braces, at around 1 year compared to 2-3 years.
Cons: Invisalign typically can’t be used for more complicated cases. There’s also the issue of compliance because the trays are removable. If you don’t wear them for the recommended ~22 hours/day, they won’t be as effective.
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Ceramic braces are similar to traditional metal braces, except that they use clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires. Ceramic brackets are usually slightly bigger in size for added strength because they are more fragile than wire braces. They are typically chosen over wire braces because they are less obvious.
When clear/tooth-coloured wire braces were first developed, they used plastic brackets. Because plastic is porous, it stained more easily. Now these types of braces use a ceramic composite to prevent staining, making clear ceramic braces a better option.
Pros: The main advantage is their cosmetic appeal because they are less noticeable than wire braces. Ceramic braces are also typically less expensive than lingual braces (see below).
Cons: Ceramic braces are often more expensive than traditional wire braces.
Ceramic braces are also more brittle and can break, chip or fracture more easily. For this reason, they are used less frequently on teeth that are often used for chewing food, though ceramic braces are a great option for straightening front teeth.
They are also not recommended for people with extensive problems.
Lingual braces are the similar to traditional metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of teeth, making them “invisible” when you smile. With lingual braces, the patient will have small brackets glued to the inner surfaces of the teeth, and a wire and elastics will be placed the same way as traditional orthodontics.
Many dentists don’t offer lingual braces because special training is required.
In most cases, this treatment takes the longest because they tend to move the teeth a little more gradually. The same photographs, X-rays and molds are required for the lingual braces treatment, along with the extraction of severely crowded and/or wisdom teeth.
They are also referred to as Hidden Braces or Inside Braces.
Pros: Since the brackets and wires can’t be removed, unlike Invisalign, there are no compliance issues or the risk of losing aligner trays. This is especially good for teenagers. They can also be used for any bite problems, unlike Invisalign.
Cons: Lingual braces are more expensive than traditional braces and can be uncomfortable at first.
Because of their placement, lingual braces are also difficult for the patient to clean and the tightening appointments typically take longer than traditional braces.
Lastly, they’re not appropriate for severe cases.
Why Straight Teeth Are Important
Straight teeth will give you more than just the confidence to smile. Straight teeth are healthier teeth.
Straight teeth tend to get fewer cavities because they are easier to clean. They are also less likely experience uneven wear and fractures because of bite issues, meaning that you’ll reduce costly dental treatments as you get older.
When you straighten your teeth, your gums become healthier too. Straight teeth make is easier to clean around the gum line, reducing bacteria buildup and plaque. This makes it less likely that you’ll develop gum disease.
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