Choosing the Best Braces: Understanding the Different Types Available

Poor teeth alignment and other dental imperfections like crooked or crowded teeth can be distressing resulting in low self-esteem. These lead to a series of negative consequences like poor form, mastication, and compromised aesthetics. But fret not! Orthodontics has tremendously evolved over the past decades in correcting a wide range of dental issues. 

The team of orthodontists, and aesthetic specialists at Jackson Heights dental office provide dental braces to correct your orthodontic imperfections and enhance your smile and oral health. Let’s explore the types of braces to determine which suits your oral needs and expectations. 

An insight into dental braces 

Dental braces are specialized oral appliances fixed to your teeth or worn for a specific time. They use mild, firm, and constant pressure to shift your teeth to the desired position over time. Different braces use a unique way of working to get effective and optimal results. 

These appliances straighten your teeth and correct a wide range of dental issues like:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth 
  • Teeth with gaps (diastema)
  • Malocclusion 

Unwinding the types of dental braces 

There are several types of braces, based on the material used and the severity of your condition. These include:

  • Metal braces 
  • Metal braces use traditional steel bands, brackets, and wires to gently shift the teeth. 
  • Each bracket is bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth and connected by an archwire.
  • These braces are aesthetically unappealing and may also harm the soft tissues, making eating and brushing challenging.
  • Ceramic braces 
  • Here, the wires and brackets are tooth-colored and seemingly blend with your teeth.
  • Though they are visible, they are still less noticeable.
  • But the ceramic braces are more fragile. 
  • Lingual braces
  • These are similar to traditional metal braces but are bonded to the back surfaces of your teeth. 
  • Self-ligating braces 
  • Self-ligating braces are similar to traditional braces, but they do not use elastic bands.
  • These braces use a built-in system to hold the archwire in place.
  • Clear aligners 
  • Also known as invisible braces, these are a series of custom-made trays used to straighten your teeth. 
  • Popular brands include Invisalign and ClearCorrect. 
  • These are changed over a few weeks and are meant to be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day.

Dental braces enhance your smile, in addition to improving your oral health and function. Your dentist or orthodontist can help determine the type of braces that work best for your oral needs. Braces are a fruitful investment that can give you a healthy, beautiful smile for years to come.