When people hear the word “dental braces”, they generally think of metal braces. Metal braces are still used and appropriate for certain cases, but there are a range of different brace types, all of which vary in their appearance, cost, level of comfort, and efficacy in addressing particular alignment issues.
Common Brace Types Are:
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional braces consist of standard metal brackets. This is the most common type of braces, and throughout the years have become much sleeker and more comfortable. With metal braces, you also have the option of adding colored elastic bands to make your braces vibrant, colorful and uniquely yours! Learn more.
Ceramic/Clear braces function in the same way as traditional braces, but the brackets are made with translucent materials. Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to be even less noticeable.
Clear Braces (Invisalign)
Invisalign involves the use of a clear set of removable trays that are custom fitted to your teeth. Each new set of Invisalign aligners applies a slight adjustment to your teeth. Invisalign aligners are made with a pliable material and fit snuggly to your teeth. Compare to traditional orthodontic braces, Invisalign clear aligners may be more comfortable throughout the teeth-straightening process. Because they are removable and wire-free, it is easier to maintain proper oral hygiene and not worry about getting food stuck in hard-to-reach areas. We are the leading Invisalign provider for both Adults and Teens.
Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics, meaning fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the teeth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces but use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the arch wire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth and requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.
Align Beauty Orthodontics in Dublin, Ohio offers a wide range of orthodontic procedures to help you achieve your perfect smile. From traditional braces to Invisalign® clear aligners, Dr. Jiafeng Gu and the experienced team at Align Beauty Orthodontics provides personalized treatment plans tailored to meet each individual’s unique needs and goals. Call us at (614) 385-1688 and schedule a visit at our Dublin, Ohio orthodontic office today!