Choosing The Right Braces for You
Have you been told that you need to wear braces? Does your child need to wear braces to correct their teeth before they get older? Making the choice to wear any kind of orthodontic correction aid is difficult, but the results are well worth it. Braces are designed to straighten your teeth and leave them looking fantastic – now that’s something to smile about!
As the premier local orthodontist in town, we offer a huge range of options for our patients. What works for one person may not fit for another, and a lot can affect your choice. We offer four main types of correction for your teeth, all of which leave your teeth properly aligned, comfortable and strong. We can’t advise you here which is the right one for you: you’ll need an appointment with a professional to talk you through the options and discuss what’s best for your own teeth. However, the information below outlines the main types of braces on the market and shows you what is possible.
The most traditional option and the cheapest, metal braces have been transforming patients’ smiles for decades and are highly effective. Modern braces are lightweight, comfortable and work quickly. The stigma attached to braces has all but gone, and countless famous actors and movie stars have all sported them at one point. Braces have even become something of a fashion trend, with TV characters such as Ugly Betty bringing the metal look to the mainstream.
Metal braces can be customized, which makes them a great choice for kids. The brackets can be produced in a favorite color or even in a rainbow or multicolored design, so children (and adults) can express their personalities and create a personal look. The tracks are made of lightweight wire, and metal braces are designed to be easy to look after while you’re wearing them. Heat-reactive wires make the straightening process as fast as possible, and you shouldn’t find yourself wearing them for long before you start to see real results.
If you’re nervous about wearing braces and want a more natural look, ceramic braces might be right for you. They are very similar to the metal kind, but use a clear wire and tooth-colored ceramic brackets to create less visible braces. Ceramic braces are a little more costly, but they do look fantastic. People will barely notice that you’re wearing a correction aid, and you’ll find them comfortable and easy to wear.
Ceramic is less durable than metal, so this option is more likely to break or chip. Additionally, the clear wire will stain more quickly than a metal wire. However, with regular monthly adjustments you’ll be having this changed anyway, so it’s not too much of a worry, and the brackets can be replaced if you do have any problems. As with any braces, you’ll need to take more care when eating and you’ll need to develop a reliable cleaning routine that takes your new braces into account.
‘Behind the teeth’ braces
The biggest reason given by patients for wanting their teeth corrected is confidence. Oral health is greatly important to everyone, but having a smile you want to show off is the most important thing. Although metal and ceramic braces offer the fastest, more efficient results, you might feel that they are not for you. They’re very visible during the time that you’re wearing them, and if you’re not confident you might not feel comfortable wearing them and showing them off.
Luckily, there is an option for you. With a little extra effort and cost, braces can be fitted behind your teeth instead. This won’t be suitable for more serious dental problems, but if you just need minor correction then this could be the right choice for you. There are problems with the behind the teeth style, as these braces can be harder to keep clean and can be a little more uncomfortable to wear. This option is a good compromise if you’re looking to avoid the look of braces, and if you don’t need to wear them for very long.
If you’ve got a little more money to spare and if you want a more cosmetically pleasing option, Invisalign might be right for you. Instead of traditional braces, this pioneering system involves fitting a series of mouth guards around the teeth, which cannot be seen and which are removable. A different sized guard is fitted every week or two, and slowly your teeth are pulled into line.
Invisalign is offered by our orthodontists, and can achieve amazing results. It is important that you wear your braces all the time: having the option to remove them can be tempting. It’s okay to take them out for a special occasion, but if you get into the habit of not wearing them you won’t see any effect. Follow the instructions that your orthodontist gives you and keep up with your treatment: you’ll be glad that you did when you’ve got the smile you’ve always wanted.
Getting your new braces
Whatever you choose, you can be sure that your teeth will be improved if you stick with your treatment. The longer misaligned teeth go without correction, the harder it will be to put right. Getting your child registered with a good orthodontist is a great idea, as they can advise on what might be needed in the future. We’re happy to arrange a consultation with you to discuss whether braces could be the right option for you, and we’re always here to go through all your choices with you.
Whether you choose metal braces, invisible aligners or a behind the teeth option, there’s something that will suit you and your needs. No matter how severe or minor your dental problems, it’s always worth seeing if a professional dentist can make a difference.
Your smile is a big part of who you are, and you should be proud of it. Show off your teeth with confidence: get them looking how you want with the help of braces.