Contrary to popular belief there are actually many types of orthodontic braces that are available on the market. Each specific type of orthodontic brace has a different role to fill – so which brace is right for you is something for your dentist to decide after talking with you.
But just because you don’t do the decision making by yourself doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be aware of the different types of orthodontic braces available – for your own information and to help ensure that you are getting the best possible advice from your dentist (mistakes do happen).
Types of Orthodontic Braces
- Traditional braces. These are the ones we think of when we think of orthodontic braces. They are cemented to the font of the tooth and are usually fix braced, though recent innovations means self-ligation braces are available and usually are more comfortable thanks to less friction.
- Lingual braces. Whilst traditional braces may bond to the front of the teeth in lingual braces they are cemented to the back of the teeth – providing pressure that way. This is useful cosmetic alternative to those worried about the braces being seen from the front. Whilst a bit more expensive they work just as well – the main issue is simply that of appearance.
- Removable aligners. In this sort of type of orthodontic braces the brace in question is ones that is removed at certain times of the day for ease of movement. The lack of constant pressure means that it is not as powerful for tooth alignment as the other two types of orthodontic braces – but it is still very useful, especially for those with only minor correction needed.
Once you have decided on the types of orthodontic braces the next step is to consider the material it is to be made from – remember this can have a big impact upon the price of the brace!