Having straight teeth is seen as a symbol of wealth, confidence, and having status in society. If you aren’t born with straight teeth, finding the best orthodontic treatment is usually a top priority as your adult teeth come in.
This is true too if you get injured and need to fix your teeth, or if you couldn’t get them straightened as a kid but can afford it as an adult.
The first step to getting straight teeth is figuring out which treatment will be most effective for you. Keep reading to learn more.
Metal braces are considered the traditional braces. They have metal brackets made from high-quality stainless steel and an archwire that attaches to those brackets to provide pressure on the teeth to move them in the proper direction.
Metal braces are extremely strong and durable, they are highly effective, and they are a cheaper option. However, they are also much more noticeable, can cause discomfort, and are harder to clean.
Ceramic braces have tooth-colored ceramic brackets instead of metal brackets and use a white wire, making them much less noticeable. They are also more comfortable to wear because the materials aren’t as abrasive.
However, they are often a more expensive option because of the high-quality materials used. They are also more susceptible to discoloration and aren’t as effective at dramatically changing teeth structure.
So, if the structure of your teeth needs a more significant change, ceramic braces may not be the best fit for you.
Invisalign is a very attractive option for orthodontic treatment because they don’t use traditional brackets that are visible on the teeth. Instead, they use a series of clear aligners made from plastic that shift teeth gently over a period of months.
Invisalign aligners are highly discrete, allow you to eat what you want, clean your teeth easily, and hardly disrupt your daily life. They work best for more mild cases and are a more expensive option.
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Lingual braces have custom-made brackets fitted into the inside of each tooth, with a wire that is joined to the brackets to pull the teeth together.
Since they are custom-made, the process of getting the brackets put in takes much longer than traditional braces, and lingual braces require more frequent orthodontic appointments.
Because they are inside the teeth, they are virtually undetectable, but you may need to wear clear bands which can be noticed. They also may affect your speech and can be more challenging to clean.
Which Orthodontic Treatment Will Work for You?
Deciding the best orthodontic treatment for you will depend on your unique situation. Schedule a consult with your orthodontist today, and start your journey to straight teeth.
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