While orthodontists still rely on traditional metal braces for straightening teeth, there are now a variety of braces designed with your comfort and appearance in mind:
Clear Braces -- Porcelain dental braces feature tooth-colored brackets made from a glass-like composite material that appears translucent.
Gold Braces -- Gold braces are actually stainless steel braces overlaid in gold.
Lingual Braces -- Similar to traditional metal braces, lingual braces are placed behind the teeth so that they're virtually unnoticeable.
Mini Braces -- Mini braces are 30 percent smaller than their traditional metal counterparts but just as strong.
Removable Braces -- Removable braces are mouthguard-like devices made of clear plastic. Invisalign® dental aligners are the most common type of removable braces.
Teenagers might also be interested in glow-in-the-dark dental braces, which can help them "light" up a room. Colored ligatures (the ties that go around the brackets) are especially popular with teenagers, who can show school spirit, celebrate the holidays or sport the colors of a favorite team. Ligatures can be changed by an orthodontist during routine archwire adjustments.
No matter which type of dental braces you wear, an orthodontic treatment plan usually consists of three stages: pretreatment, active treatment and retention. Pretreatment is when your dentist or orthodontist determines whether or not you need dental braces, and if so, which type are right for you. Active treatment is the phase when you wear your braces; it can last up to 24 months for fixed braces and about one year for removable braces (even longer for adults). Retention takes place after your dental braces come off. Most people will wear an orthodontic retainer to help the newly placed teeth settle into their permanent home.
Only a qualified dentist or orthodontist can determine if you need dental braces, and if so, which type is right for you. If you think you need dental braces, call us today at 1-866-970-9853.