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Types of Braces: Information and Differences

Hello, everybody! We all have seen at least once in our lives someone wearing the distinctive metal braces onto their teeth. These orthodontics offer a pretty straightforward solution when we are approaching an issue with the teeth alignment. But did you know that there are different types of them?

So here we will briefly explain this topic with the help of Los Algodones dentists. And we will answer many questions like what braces exactly do for you, what kind of braces are out there, the differences between them, and more.

What are braces used for?

First off let’s start by answering this question. A little information about why we use them and why they help us is always welcome!

This orthodontic treatment helps addressing several problems such as overbite and underbite, crooked teeth and crowded alike, as well as helps correcting disorders of the jaw joints. This is done by having pressure put onto the teeth to make them slowly shift into the desired position.

Not addressing several of these problems can lead to tooth disease, gum disease, shifting teeth, headaches, and problems related to eating and chewing.


What different types of braces are there? 

Now we will list some of the most common and sought braces treatments out there. These are the ones you will typically see the most from our experience in Los Algodones:


Traditional braces

These are the common metal braces that I am sure you have seen in TV shows and movies. They feature metal brackets and wires and are a pretty standard choice for their low price and color availability.

Before, they used to be heavier in weight and bigger in size. Thanks to today’s technology and research they eventually have become not only smaller, but more efficient.

Although they are the most noticeable type out there, it does its job and is also the most affordable choice.


Invisalign braces

Invisalign are custom-made, mouth guard-like braces. They are aligners made of clear plastic, so they are not too noticeable. They are removable and have to be replaced every two weeks, so they are used for small treatments.

Patients that choose to have invisalign on their teeth are able to eat and drink without any issue at all as opposed to other braces. Although they are a good choice for minor problems, they fall short when it comes to bigger issues. They are also noticeably expensive in comparison to all the other braces.


Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces are very similar to the traditional braces. They both have about the same shape and size to them. The exception of ceramic is that they can be clear or tooth-colored, so they are camouflage pretty well.

These braces tend to be more expensive than that of the traditional braces, moreover they can stain if you do not have good oral habits. On the good side, they are less noticeable and work better than invisalign braces.


Lingual braces

Lingual braces are also like traditional and ceramic braces, but they are installed on the inside. This means that the braces are behind the teeth as opposed to the front. Many choose this treatment as the braces are not visible, so no one will truly know you are wearing them.

The pros and cons of this type of braces is quite clear. It is very hard to spot for other people, but when it comes to cleaning them it becomes harder than traditional braces! Also the dentist might take a little bit more of time adjusting them since they are bound in the back of the teeth.


How to take care of your braces

And last, we will leave you with some tips to help you take care of any type of braces you might have or get in the future:

  • Take extra time brushing and flossing. Having braces means that there are parts that are harder to reach when it comes to flossing and brushing your teeth. As such, feel free to get a special toothbrush to help you get around all the brackets.
  • Be mindful about the foods that can get stuck. Food that is chewy or crunchy tend to be an issue for people with any type of braces. As there are food that should be avoided, others can be dealt with if eaten in smaller portions.
  • Do not miss any dental appointments. These are important as not only the dentist makes adjustments but also can help you with any other issue. The dentist will help you with your braces and any doubts you might have.

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