The 4 Types of Braces

There's more than one way to straighten your teeth and let your smile shine through. Know the different options for braces.

There’s more than one way to straighten your teeth and let your smile shine through. Know the different options for braces.

It’s a good time to get braces. Whatever your age or particular dental situation, there have never been more options available to you for getting the straight, perfect smile you’ve always wished for. At West Meade Dental, we believe strongly in the value of braces. Not only can they improve your self-esteem but they can lead to a lifetime of healthy dental habits, will help your teeth to wear better over time, and will make you better able to thoroughly clean your teeth. In young people, braces can even guide facial growth for a more attractive profile. We’re talking about longterm benefits that result from a short period of wearing braces.

What Type of Braces Should I Get?

There are four basic types of braces used today:

  1. Metal braces. These are the braces—made of metal brackets and wire—that we traditionally think of. If you’re picturing a mouth of full of metal, however, you may want to revise your vision. Modern brackets are much smaller and more discreet than they once were. Many children like that traditional metal braces can be accessorized with colored rubber bands or can be different colors themselves.
  2. Ceramic braces. Though ceramic braces are exactly the same size as metal braces, they are clear or “tooth-colored” so that they do a great job of blending in with your teeth. These braces are more expensive, however, and can stain if they’re not cleaned well.
  3. Lingual braces. Located behind your teeth instead of on the surface, lingual braces are less noticeable than traditional braces though many find them more uncomfortable. These braces are best for smiles that need only minor adjustments.
  4. Invisalign braces. Adults and teens are increasingly choosing Invisalign braces, which are nearly invisible and molded to fit specially to your teeth. A new mold must be made every two weeks, so that you’ll have 18 to 30 molds made over the life of your “braces.” This is a more expensive option for straightening your teeth.

Have questions about getting braces? Contact us today. Your friends at West Meade Dental are happy to get them answered. We love improving the smiles of our patients in and around Nashville, TN, and also offer teeth whitening and porcelain veneers, among other cosmetic dentistry services.

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