How to Select the Right Braces

The reasons for getting braces vary from patient to patient. Approximately 3 million American teens have braces with the number of adults getting an orthodontic treatment rising at a steady rate. Some patients may have an ideal bite, while others may suffer from varying degrees of crowding or spacing, associated with a misaligned bite.

The following conditions for misaligned teeth and an incorrect bite can potentially be corrected by orthodontics:

  • Speech Disorders

  • TMJ Pain

  • Difficulty while chewing or eating

  • Sleep apnea caused by mouth breathing and snoring

  • Grinding or clenching of teeth

  • Gum disease and tooth decay

Dental braces aren’t just about a more engaging smile but also put your misaligned bite at rest that may have added to your erratic sleep patterns and plaque buildup. With the constant advancements in dental technology, orthodontists are providing more options to their patients and adult braces are a growing trend for people who didn’t get to correct their bite when they were younger. Besides, there are a wide variety of braces that you can choose from to help you decide better.

Different Types of Braces:

  • Traditional or Metal Braces

    Traditional or metal braces are the most common types of dental braces since they are sturdier and long-lasting. This is because metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel that has metal brackets attached to each tooth with the help of cement. An archwire connects a series of brackets bonded to each tooth that exerts pressure on the brackets to hold them in position. In case you have allergies to certain metals, your orthodontist will apply titanium to your brackets.

  • Ceramic Braces

    Ceramic braces have been really popular lately because of its unique visible feature. Ceramic braces are made from composite materials and are often the same color as your teeth. They’re also shaped to fit onto your teeth perfectly and thus feel less uncomfortable than metal braces. A distinctive smooth feel in the ceramic surfaces ensures you do not feel uncomfortable or irritated. The wire that binds the braces together helps add invisibility in these braces.

  • Self-Ligating Braces

    Self-ligating braces are quite similar to metal braces and do not require the use of elastics and rubber bands. And instead, a special clip holds the archwire in place. The clips also indicate less pressure and friction placed on your teeth. You’re also likely to have fewer appointments since there aren’t any elastics to be changed.

  • Clear-aligners

    Clear-aligners, commonly known as invisible braces, are an alternative to metal braces. They consist of clear, removable trays that straighten your teeth. They’re custom made to fit well over your teeth. Just like dental braces, clear aligners also use gradual force to control tooth movement, without metal wires. They’re easy to remove that make activities like brushing and flossing after meals easy. They’re trouble-free that make them less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks.

Below is a table that will help you in selecting the right dental braces as per your requirements.

Factors Metal Ceramic Self Ligating Clear Aligners
Cost Affordable
Costly Replacement
Visibility Noticeable
Appearance Colored
Maintenance Requires More Care
Age Group Kids
Food Restricted
No Restrictions
Type of fit Removable
Reduced Pain

Keeping your preference in mind, you and Dr. Koch can collectively decide while choosing the right braces. Our orthodontist in Lawrenceville and Loganville, GA will provide you with personalized service and an enjoyable orthodontic experience.