Which Brace is the Right One for You?
There are several alternatives when it comes to braces that should be considered before making a final choice.
A straight, attractive smile is a dream for many people with overcrowded mouths and crooked teeth. Teens and adults can benefit from braces to change a smile they are unhappy with and get their teeth properly aligned. There are several alternatives when it comes to braces that should be considered before making a final choice. Each option should be discussed with an orthodontist to see which is best for the individual.
Traditional metal braces
With metal braces, metal brackets of silver or gold colour are mounted onto the teeth with wires running through to pull the teeth into alignment. Generally, they move the crown of the tooth in the first year of treatment and the root in the second year. However, the Viazi braces move both in the first year, resulting in a much faster treatment. Metal braces typically take at least two years to be effective and they generally cost around $5000.
Lingual braces, while also made from metal, are innovative in that they are applied to the back of the teeth. People often opt for this method to avoid the appearance of braces, as they are far more discreet. These require special training for the orthodontist and are not available at every practice. They cost around $8000 due to the fact that they must be custom-made for each individual and take about two years to be effective.
Ceramic braces are made of a different composite material and they blend with the natural colour of the teeth, making them less noticeable than metal brackets. They are durable and many patients feel they are more comfortable than metal brackets.
However, treatment tends to take longer and the treatment is more expensive. This type of brace may cost around $6500 and since they are not as strong as metal braces, treatment time will differ, often taking longer dependent on the individuals needs. For example, a person that might normally only need braces for 18 months may need them for 2 years using ceramic braces.
Invisalign braces are an attractive alternative for many because they are clear and practically invisible, hence their name. Rather than using brackets, aligners are used instead and are made from plastic that specifically fit the teeth of the patient. They are worn throughout the day but can be removed for eating, teeth brushing or extreme sports activities for example.
Aligners are worn for 14 days and then a new set is created as the teeth shift. This cycle of replacing aligners occurs every 14 days. This type of brace could cost as much as $9000 what with the need to constantly renew aligners. Treatment time generally takes one to two years to complete. Please note that Invisalign does not work for everyone, especially those with the most severe conditions such as bad overcrowding.
Regardless of the type of braces used, it is advisable to start younger rather than as an adult for a faster, effective treatment. While adults can certainly opt for braces, they need to be aware that the process may take longer for them as opposed to teens. As for which kind of braces to choose, that’s personal.
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