For most adults, crooked or misaligned teeth can deal a huge blow to their self-confidence. A mistake people make though is assuming that this treatment is only reserved for kids and preteens. The good news is that there is a variety of orthodontic options available to you if you require braces. Your choice will depend on your lifestyle as well as how discreet you would want the treatment to be. Here are some of the different types of dental braces that you could choose for teeth straightening.
Metal dental braces
These are the most conventional option when it comes to orthodontic braces. However, although most adults tend to picture them as bulky devices they were familiar with from their childhood, their design has greatly improved over the years. With conventional dental braces, the orthodontist will place metal brackets on each individual tooth. These metal brackets are now flatter in design and are typically made from titanium. The brackets are connected together using wiring, which is tightened to facilitate the realignment of your teeth. Although conspicuous, metal dental braces are one of the most cost effective options that you could consider.
Ceramic dental braces
As the name suggests, these types of braces are made from ceramic. They are similar to conventional metal braces with their difference lying in the materials used for the brackets. With these dental braces, the ceramic brackets are designed to blend in with the natural colour of your teeth in an attempt to make them less conspicuous. It should be noted though that since ceramic braces have a naturally lighter colour, the wearer will need to take extra measures toward keeping them clean or they will become stained and stand out.
Lingual dental braces
If you were looking for an inconspicuous way of undergoing orthodontic treatment, lingual dental braces may be an option to consider. These types of braces can be made from either metal or ceramic. However, they are discreet since they are installed at the back of your teeth rather than on the frontal surface. Due to how complex the installation of lingual braces is, they tend to cost more than the metallic or ceramic options. It should also be noted that patients tend to feel some discomfort as they get used to their tongue brushing on the braces, which could lead to changes in your speech pattern before you adjust to having them in your mouth.
Welcome. My name is Maggie, and my dad was an orthopedic surgeon. I was always curious about what he did, but my curiosity grew even stronger during high school when many of my closest friends had knee surgeries. Ultimately, I became a nurse and worked alongside my dad for a few years before he retired. Now, I work in labour and birth, but orthopedics are still a major interest of mine. I decided to start a blog so that others can learn what I know, and I hope the information in here is enlightening and useful to you. Thank you for reading!