There are metal braces, clear braces, and even invisible ones. Why so many and which one is the best?
When we talk about braces, we actually talk about orthodontics. It is a branch of dentistry that helps to correct the position of your teeth and jaw and can even modify facial growth. We’ll focus on fixed orthopedic appliances or more commonly known as BRACES. There are many types of braces. But let’s talk about the four common types of braces: the conventional braces, the self-ligating braces, ceramic braces, and clear aligners.
1. Conventional braces
It is a popular type of brace that uses colorful rubber bands, which are elastic bands called modules to hold the archwire to the brackets thus bringing our teeth into the desired position. The treatment time usually ranges from one to three years or more depending on case complexity and the cost is usually cheaper.
2. Self-ligating braces
This brace is very similar in terms of appearance compared to conventional braces. But instead of utilizing colorful rubber bands, this bracket has special clips to hold on to the archwire. These braces produce a faster result with lesser pain and require fewer dental visits. Since it doesn’t require modules, it is also easier to take care of the cleanliness. However, the cost is more expensive compared to conventional braces.
3. Ceramic braces
Braces generally consist of three main parts: brackets, the archwire, and the connecting system, which are modules in conventional braces and clicks in self-ligating braces. Technically ceramic braces aren’t a special form of braces but a special form of brackets. There are metal and ceramic brackets in both conventional and self-ligating systems. Metal brackets are more visible, while ceramic brackets are clear and blend in better with your teeth. You may want to consider ceramic brackets if you don’t want people to notice that you’re on braces. However, ceramic brackets can sustain over time if not taken care of properly.
Metal brackets are tough and less likely to break. Ceramic brackets have a higher chance of fractures since the material is more brittle. If you play rock spots a lot, it might be wiser to go for metal brackets to avoid costly repairs. Otherwise, both brackets work with the same principle and can both move your teeth into better alignment.
4. Clear aligners
A clear aligner is a type of invisible brace. It utilizes a clear plastic device called an aligner. Let’s compare clear aligners and normal braces.
- The greatest advantage of clear aligners is that it is invisible so no one will know that you’re on authentic treatment compliance.
- You will need good compliance and self-discipline in wearing your clear aligners since your teeth are able to move only when you’re wearing your clear aligners. Normal braces are fixed onto your teeth 24/7. For people with less self-discipline, you know which one to go for.
- Cleaning your teeth is easier in clear alignment treatment since you can brush your teeth as usual. In a normal braces wearer, you’ll need super floss incidental brush or water floss to clean around your brackets properly.
- In clear airliners, you may experience mild discomfort for the first few days when your new alignments are being fitted tightly onto your teeth. In normal braces, you may experience discomfort soreness, or ulcers from the brackets and wires rubbing against your cheeks.
- Clear alignments cost more than normal braces.
Now that you know the differences between various types of braces you can choose one that is the best for you. If you’re still unclear, you can always consult your nearest dentist.