When it comes to the different types of braces, most people only think there’s one type of braces. But in reality, there are actually a variety of braces that all vary in how they work and in their appearance.
The different types of braces are:
- Metal braces
- Clear or ceramic braces
- Lingual braces
- Self ligating braces
This is what most people think of when they hear the word braces. Metal braces are usually made out of high-grade stainless steel, and that applies to both the brackets and the wires. You do have the option of adding coloured elastics to your metal braces, creating a more unique and colourful smile.
Metal braces are applied to the front of the teeth and require the wires to be tightened every 4-6 weeks so expect to be in the orthodontist chair often.
Lingual braces are made of similar components as traditional braces, they are often stainless steel just like metal braces but the big difference with lingual braces is where the braces are located. Instead of being adhered to the front of the teeth, lingual braces are adhered to the back of the teeth. This makes them practically invisible.
Our self-ligating braces are also made from stainless steel metal, however they do not require the use of elastics to hold the archwire in place. Self-Ligating braces are more efficient than traditional braces, which means fewer adjustments and hence fewer office appointments are needed.
Movement of teeth involves sliding of the braces on the archwire and vice versa. Self-ligating braces generate less friction when sliding on an archwire, which can speed up the process of orthodontic treatment compared to traditional metal braces.