It can be confusing when deciding between the various types of braces available so that you find what works best for you and your individual needs. Since they are the least expensive, people typically find themselves choosing conventional metal braces. This does not always make a good choice for everyone, however, since many adults want their teeth straightened in an unobtrusive way. When this is the case, clear braces make an excellent choice.
Clear braces were created so that they are not as prominent as other types of braces. This may have actually hurt the marketing for invisible braces, since very few people notice them at all because they don’t know people are wearing them. Even though quite a few adults do not like the appearance of their teeth, they may still avoid braces because they do not realize that advances have been made that allow them to function like traditional braces without being noticeable.
When you need braces, the first decision that you will need to make is between traditional metal braces and clear braces. You must also consider the cost of treatment, the length of time that each treatment requires, and the appearance of the braces.
The cost of clear braces is based upon what specific type is used. Most patients will need to wear their braces for a year or two. This means that comfort comes into play. Conventional metal braces are not always entirely comfortable and can be very obtrusive. They also carry a greater risk of breaking or loosening. Although both metal braces and clear braces are effective at straightening teeth, clear braces cost a bit more. This is probably why many people still opt for metal braces.
Invisible Braces: Types
Invisible braces come in three different types: lingual, Invisalign, and clear ceramic. Ceramic braces are virtually invisible and involve a bit more expense than conventional braces. This is a good option for anyone who wants their teeth to look good, even as their treatment is not noticeable.
Although lingual braces are not invisible, they are not noticeable because they are affixed to the back part of the teeth. These are metal braces that cost a bit more than the ceramic type. Some patients will experience some discomfort around the tongue area until they acclimate themselves to their lingual braces.
Clear braces involve the use of brackets that are formed from tooth-colored materials that cannot be seen from a distance. If you look closely, you can still see them if you are looking for them. When wearing ceramic braces, you will need to avoid consuming foods that are hard or sticky.
The Invisalign system is completely unnoticeable and clear, even when seen from a short distance. Invisalign treatment involves the use of clear aligners that are swapped out periodically to shift teeth into their proper positions. Patients need to make an appointment every few weeks to have their aligners switched out. Invisalign treatment normally takes under one year to complete.
Patients find that Invisalign is extremely comfortable and does not easily break. Another key advantage to Invisalign is that there is no need to worry about food getting caught in the orthodontics because they can be easily removed for cleaning teeth. The only real downside to Invisalign is that it costs more than other types of braces.
If you are interested in Orthodontic treatment for yourself or a child, give Ferris Orthodontics a call. Your initial exam is always complimentary and we can help you make the decision on the right type of braces that work for you.