Different Types of Braces and Their Use

Orthodontist Patient FormsThe time has come for you to consider how braces may affect your smile, but did you know there are a few different types of braces that may help you achieve selfie-worthy results? If your dentist has suggested you may benefit from a visit to an orthodontist, you may have the opportunity to explore four different options for braces – dependent on your needs and hopes for your orthodontic results.

Learn more about each of the types of braces orthodontists can use to elevate your smile and self-confidence. Then, plan your first visit to the orthodontist to get started on your journey towards straighter teeth.

Traditional Metal Braces

When you think of braces, these traditional metal versions are likely the first ones that come to mind. They are still the most common type of braces, and over time, they have become more comfortable than ever before. Metal braces do a wonderful job of straightening your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. Plus, if you want your mouth to change with your mood, you have the option of adding colour elastics for a little personalization.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces are very similar to the braces discussed above. The only major differences are that, with the self-ligating option, you won’t have to depend on the use of elastics. That means, your braces are likely to be more comfortable because the self-ligating route puts less pressure on your teeth. Best of all, you’ll require fewer adjustments because you don’t have to worry about getting elastics replaced.

Clear/Ceramic Braces

If you feel uncomfortable with the visual reality of traditional metal braces, you may want to consider going with a ceramic option. This type of braces is less visible than their metallic counterparts. However, they are also larger and more fragile, so they require extra hygienic care and may be better suited to more mature patients who are prepared to be ultra-diligent with keeping their braces in great shape.

Clear aligners (more popularly known as Invisalign)

Invisalign has taken the orthodontic world by storm because they are far less visible and more comfortable than the traditional options for clients who need braces. Aligners are not only nearly invisible, but they are also removable, allowing you to eat and drink without having any appliances getting in the way of your foodie adventures. Plus, keeping your mouth clean, well-brushed and fully flossed is much easier with easy-to-remove Invisalign.

Learn more about which braces option best suits you – and your future smile.

 

Rather than wondering which type of braces will be best for you, visit Foley Wilde Orthodontics in London, Ontario so you can get the professional opinion of one of our trusted orthodontists. We look forward to helping you and are committed to providing the best route to achieve your smile-worthy goals.

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