There are three primary types of braces that orthodontists will recommend to align and straighten your teeth. While there are variations within these categories, you won’t really find any viable teeth-straightening options outside of these three.
These are the traditional braces worn on the front of the teeth. They usually consist of metal brackets that are attached to the teeth with adhesive and connected by wires and sometimes elastic bands. These are the most obvious kinds of braces, and everyone will know you are wearing them, but they are also the least expensive.
They are ideal for any type of straightening problem, even very severe ones. In some cases, there will be no other option available to a patient because of the type of malocclusion they are experiencing. These braces can be very difficult to clean and can be quite uncomfortable, but they also allow for the most customization. There are clear plastic versions of them as well as colored brackets and bands to help patients express themselves.
These are also called nanobraces, and they fit behind the teeth. They are made of metal brackets and wiring like conventional braces, but only you will ever see them. They provide a way to straighten your teeth without making it noticeable that you are doing so, but they do come at a price.
First off, they are going to be quite a bit more expensive than metal braces. They are also difficult to clean, as you can’t see what you are cleaning very well. They can also be the most uncomfortable form of braces at first, though that discomfort should dissipate in time. Invisible braces are only appropriate for milder straightening problems, and if your condition is severe, then you will likely need metal braces to correct the problem.
These clear plastic braces are almost invisible. They fit over the teeth like a mouth guard and provide reasonably powerful teeth straightening. They won’t be suitable for more severe cases or for children, but for everyone else, they offer a good option to reduce the obviousness of braces.
They are really easy to clean, and you can take them off anytime you want, which are big pluses for more people who understand how they compare against metal braces. Unfortunately, they are also very expensive, since they have to be replaced every couple of weeks. There’s also the small problem of trying to locate them once you drop them somewhere.
Consider Your Options
You should ask your orthodontist about recommendations before making your decision. Your case may limit what those options are, but it’s worth looking into everything that’s available to see what will make you most comfortable, fit your budget and work best for your unique situation. Braces may be used alongside other transformative treatments, such as implants and veneers, to give adults the smile they want. Your orthodontist will work with your to find the best solution.