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

Metal 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

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.

Self-Ligating Braces

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.

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Ceramic Braces or Clear Braces

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Ceramic (clear) braces are similar to metal braces, but they use clear or tooth-colored brackets rather than gray or metallic silver brackets and wires. Many people opt for ceramic braces because they’re less noticeable on your teeth than metal braces. Being made from ceramics doesn’t affect how long you will need to wear braces. They straighten teeth at the same speed as metal braces. Ceramic braces are often a popular choice for teenagers and adults who are concerned about the visibility of braces and how it can impact their life.

While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

What is the difference between clear braces and clear aligners?

Clear braces are the same as traditional metal braces except that they are clear! Clear braces are made from tooth coloured material therefore are a less noticeable alternative to traditional metal braces and provide patients with an equally effective treatment.

Clear aligners are different from clear braces. Clear aligners are pieces of hard plastic that are designed to fit into your mouth like a mouthguard. Unlike braces, clear aligners have no wires or brackets.

What are the Pros and Cons of Ceramic or Clear Braces?

Advantages of Ceramic or Clear Braces:

  • Appearance: Ceramic braces and clear braces are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces as the material is either clear or tooth-coloured. They offer an aesthetic alternative for patients seeking options other than traditional metal braces.
  • Confidence: Many patients who choose ceramic or clear braces feel more confident about their orthodontic treatment, especially knowing that people are focusing on their smiles rather than their braces.

Disadvantages of Ceramic or Clear Braces:

  • Cost: Ceramic and clear braces may cost more than traditional metal braces. Your orthodontist may offer convenient payment plans to help control the costs of your treatment. Be sure to talk to your orthodontist about all of your financial options.
  • Discoloration: The clear elastic ties used with clear and ceramic braces may become slightly discolored when you drink tea, coffee, or wine, and eat certain foods or smoke. Your orthodontist can advise you on ways to keep your braces looking their best.
  • Less Durable: Ceramic braces are more likely to break off as they are slightly less durable than metal braces.
  • Treatment Time: Orthodontic treatment with clear or ceramic braces may take longer than with traditional metal braces. If you don’t mind investing a little more time in your smile, then talk to your orthodontist to find out how long your treatment time will be with clear or ceramic braces.

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What are Clear Aligners and how do they work?

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Clear aligners are an alternative to traditional braces and are designed to help guide teeth into their proper position. Similar to braces, clear aligners use gradual force to control tooth movement, but without metal wires or brackets. Aligners are made of a strong plastic material and are fabricated to fit each individual's mouth.

Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners are removable, so you can continue eating or drinking what you want during your treatment. However it is recommended that you wear aligners for at least 20 hours each day.

Advantages of Orthodontic Treatment with Clear Aligners

  • Clear aligners are removable so it is easier for you to brush and floss after meals. Also dietary restrictions are not needed since you can remove aligners before eating and drinking.
  • Clear aligners are easier to keep clean and make maintaining proper dental hygiene easier as well.
  • Clear aligners are comfortable and less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks as there are no metal wires and brackets.
  • Clear aligners can prevent tooth wear from grinding.
  • Clear aligners are virtually invisible so not everyone will notice that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.

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