When we mention braces to kids and adults alike, we often see our patients start to panic and make excuses for why they need to leave the clinic right now. At this point, we mention the wide variety of options which are available and try to dispel some of the myths associated with braces.
When you have problems with your bite, crooked teeth, or your jaw, your dentist may recommend an appointment with an orthodontist who will discuss the treatment options. If they recommend using braces, they will tell you about the different options, and then you can decide what braces are best for you.
Factors to Consider
Before we mention some of the available options, there are a few factors to consider when thinking about what braces are best for you.
- Cost and Insurance Coverage
- Treatment Duration
Your orthodontist will be able to help you make the best decision based on the general health of your mouth and the factors mentioned above.
Metal braces have been used for a long time and have a lot of negativity surrounding them. Lots of patients are reluctant to use them due to a long list of myths, but these days, the design is much better than in the past.
They are made from stainless steel, and they are used to push the teeth back into their correct position. Metal braces are much lighter and less visible than they were in the past, so they are an ideal option for those on a budget.
For patients who can’t stand the prospect of having metal braces, then self-litigating braces such as Damon System Braces, are an excellent choice. In fact, this system has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially now that they are available in a clear version.
While traditional metal braces use elastic ties to hold them in place, this is not the case with self-litigating braces. The advantage of this is that treatment is usually much shorter and gentler, as they shouldn’t need adjusting.
As mentioned above, there is the option to have metal or clear braces, but even if you go for the metal, they are much less visible than traditional metal braces.
One of the major objections patients have regarding braces is the aesthetic nature of them, and this is where clear aligners have revolutionized orthodontics.
Clear aligners have a similar appearance to mouth-guards, but they are designed to straighten your teeth. Invisalign Invisible Braces are the leading brand on the market, and the system utilizes computer systems to create braces perfect for your mouth. The moment patients realize they are barely noticeable, their attitude towards having braces changes.
While this method is much more expensive than traditional braces, it does mean a quicker treatment time, while also being more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. They do require removing when eating and brushing, but for many patients, this is an inconvenience that they are willing to accept.
If you have any questions about braces or other dental issues, then feel free to give us a call or send us an email.