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Are Some Types of Braces Better than Others?

Are Some Types of Braces Better than Others?

Orthodontic specialists are commonly asked if some types of braces are better than others. There is no one answer to this question, as different braces are used for different orthodontic treatments. While your Surrey orthodontist can discuss the best option for you, here you will find some of the more common types of braces, and what they are “better” for.
Traditional Metal Braces

the most common types of braces seen, metal braces make use of a metal bracket that is cemented to the teeth. These brackets are in place to hold a bendable metal wire, which applies pressure to the teeth, slowly and gradually moving them over the course of treatment. These braces are effective for many treatment procedures, and are most commonly used and seen because of the low-cost point compared to some other options.

Invisalign

Invisalign is one type of invisible aligner that is now on a slowly saturating market. These braces are not ideal for all treatment types, but do work for a wide range of treatments. They are completely removable, as well as almost invisible when worn, making them a great option for adults or professionals who want to work on their smile, without a face full of metal. Invisalign tends to be more expensive than metal braces, and they take will power to consistently wear, so they are more popular than traditional braces for adult patients.

Lingual Braces

These are very close to metal braces, with the main difference coming in the fact that they are worn on the inside of the teeth, as opposed to the outside. While this means they are not as easily visible, there are some negatives such as not being able to clean them as well, and more likely to affect speech. They are also not as effective as metal braces worn on the outside.

These are just some of the more common types of braces that are available. While traditional metal braces and Invisalign could be considered to be “better” than other options, each option is situation dependent and the best may be different for each patient. The best thing to do is to talk to your orthodontic specialist to find out which orthodontic treatment will be best for you.

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