Except for the color, today's gold braces look just like a traditional set of stainless steel dental braces. Gold braces are part of a complete system of gold-plated orthodontic brackets (those things glued to the front of each tooth) and archwires (the wires attached to the brackets that move the teeth).
Why Go Gold?
The stainless steel construction of traditional metal braces -- and gold braces, too -- consists of brackets that are very strong and rarely break. That may mean fewer visits to the orthodontist. And although orthodontic treatment times vary, treatment tends to be shortest for those who choose metal braces. The biggest complaint about metal braces is that they can irritate your gums when they are first put on. The good news is that the inside of your cheeks do toughen up within a few weeks of dental treatment. Metal braces tend to be less expensive than other types of brackets, although gold braces will be more expensive than the standard metal.
Gold braces don't have any specific advantages over traditional stainless models except as an option for people with an allergy to nickel, a component of stainless steel. But some people simply prefer the way gold braces look. Gold braces tend to be most popular with female patients -- probably because they look like jewelry for your teeth!
Only a dentist or orthdontist can determine which type of dental braces is right for you. Speak with your dentist to find out whether gold braces are an option. If you need help finding a dentist near you, we can help! Call us at 1-866-970-9853.