No one is born with symmetrical teeth from birth, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have them, thanks to medical science. Teeth straightening is one of the most common dental treatment that most of us choose. From metallic braces, ceramic braces to lingual braces and invisible aligners. Each has its own pros and cons that must be taken into consideration to decide the best dental treatment for you.
Today we give you all the intel on different types of braces and how to make the right pick for you.
1. Traditional Metallic Braces:
This treatment is timeworn, we’ve all seen someone around us using them. Metal braces are usually made up of metals and involve the use of wires and brackets.
Pros: One of the most used forms of braces.
They are the least expensive teeth straightening braces and are effective.
They come in a variety of color options.
Cons: They are the most noticeable kind of braces. Likely to make you feel self-conscious about your appearance, no matter what your age is.
Metal braces need extra care and regular maintenance.
The metal is likely to cut gums and irritate sensitive oral tissues.
2. Ceramic braces
Made of clear ceramic blocks and a thin metal wire. This dental treatment is known to be longer in duration but the effect is worth the wait.
Pros: Ceramic braces are shaded to match your teeth in color. They are perfect for image conscious people.
A more discreet option.
Ceramic brackets won’t stain, and cause less irritation to the gums.
They are durable and hard to chip, crack or break.
Cons: More expensive because of the materials used.
The brackets in this treatment are more fragile.
This treatment can take a longer time.
3. Lingual braces
Having braces doesn’t mean you have to have a ‘tin grin’. Yes, these are another low-profile type of braces. Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth, and not in the front of the teeth. These braces face the tongue.
Pros: There is no embarrassment of the unsightly appearance. They are invisible from the outside. Well, suited for adults.
You won’t lose them or need to remove them for basic oral functions. They stay in place and do their work more effectively than traditional braces.
They don’t need to be replaced as often as traditional braces.
Lingual braces come in various designs to choose from.
Cons: Because they are placed inside the curvature of the teeth, they need to be customized for the teeth.
Lingual braces are more expensive than traditional braces.
They remain on your teeth the entire time, making them hard to clean. You don’t get to see the braces so you don’t know how dirty they are or if they are stained. To clean your lingual braces, they have to be removed by the orthodontist.
The tongue is one muscle that will keep poking to the new lingual braces in the mouth. It is usually uncomfortable.
Difficulty in speech, due to the positioning of the lingual braces. There are some phrases that need your tongue tip to touch the lower or upper teeth which are obstructed by lingual braces.
4. Invisible aligners
A smart method of teeth straightening. They use the tradition principles of orthodontics, but there’s one big difference. Invisible aligners work without the drawbacks associated with other types of braces. Teeth straightening treatment with invisible braces requires wearing a series of removable clear aligners over the teeth. They are like a mouthguard. These invisible aligners gradually reposition the teeth in the desired location.
Most discretion with excellent results.
Pros: They are virtually invisible, and top the chart for being aesthetically pleasing.
No sharp or protruding parts to worry about when using clear aligners.
This treatment uses the latest technology and 3D printing. This helps to create customized, precise clear aligners. Eventually leads to predictable and desired results.
Invisible aligners are suitable for a wide range of orthodontic problems.
Cons: The hassle of removing and putting them back on for every meal can be tiring.
Requires strict self-discipline, the clear aligners need to be worn for at least 22 hours each day. This self-discipline is needed to avoid delays in your treatment progress.
So, there you have it. There will be some pain and discomfort when undergoing teeth straightening treatment. Anything that is worth doing may take time and a little sacrifice, isn’t it? Thankfully now you will be well aware of some of the ways you can get your desired smile.
If you need guidance on your smile makeover, get in touch with our team at Aligner Factari.