Different Types of Braces

Modern orthodontists have devised many different types of dental braces to effectively take care of shaky teeth or to align them properly.

The different types of dental braces include the traditional braces made of high grade stainless steel. These braces are the most widely used and cheapest variety of dental braces. However these steel metal braces are capable of staining the surface of the teeth and thus the reason why some people stay away from them. New versions of these dental braces are made in combination with nickel titanium along with stainless steel. These conventional dental braces contain a small bracket that is bonded to each tooth. These brackets can even be decorated with different ligatures that comes in many types of color.

The different types of dental braces also include the ceramic braces and these are more popular among teenagers. They are translucent and clear and therefore a less visible alternative to the traditional ones. These braces emerge with the natural color of the teeth and somehow have formed a niche for themselves, as being very visually appealing. However, ceramic brackets are also more brittle and prone to breakage. In order to deal with this draw back, the manufacturers of these brackets make them thicker to resist the expected breakage.

Then there are the gold-plated, stainless steel dental braces to effectively help treat people who are allergic to nickel. These gold-plated, stainless steel dental braces blend well with teeth and have a softer appearance than the steel look. Some people also prefer the ‘gold’ look over the traditional ‘silver’ one.

There are lingual braces that are fitted behind the teeth too. These are expensive though, but compensated for in the fact that they are not visible within casual interactions. However, the lingual dental braces are difficult to adjust to and they obstruct the desired movement of the tongue, therefore they can become uncomfortable and may result the tongue in getting sores and cut. Speaking may also be a problem at first.

And then we have the Invisalign. These are good selection for people who has slight orthodontic problem. These braces are virtually invisible and thus make them hardly noticeable. They are used to effectively and gradually move teeth into the desired position. One benefit of these braces is better oral hygiene as they can be removed easily during eating or brushing.

The latest concept under development are braces that are referred to as smart brackets! The smart bracket contains a microchip that measures the forces that act on the bracket and subsequently, the tooth interface. The targeted aim is to reduce the duration of orthodontic therapy and the related expenses and discomfort.