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Types of Braces: Their Unique Functions, Benefits, and More!

Are you contemplating braces to get that ideal smile? If so, you probably know that the world of dental braces provides a wide range of options. From classic metal braces to contemporary clear aligners, the choices might be daunting.
But no worries! This post is here to walk you through three main types of braces. It explains how each type operates and how they can be ideal for specific requirements.

What are Orthodontic Braces?

Before going ahead, let’s establish what orthodontic braces are. Also known as dental braces, these are essential tools of any orthodontic treatment aiming to correct the alignment of your teeth.
Braces employ metal brackets and wires or aligners to reposition your teeth into the proper position gradually. Depending on your requirements, the entire procedure might take 6 months to 2 years.

3 Different Types of Braces

Dental braces are commonly classified into three types, each with its distinct qualities and benefits. Understanding the variations between these groups is critical for making an educated decision regarding your orthodontic treatment. Let’s take a deeper look at each category.

1. Fixed Braces

The most frequent type of braces is fixed braces. If you need repair for severe orthodontic disorders, these are your friends! Fixed braces come in the following forms:-
  • Metal/Traditional Braces: These braces are predominantly made up of metal brackets and wires. These brackets and wires are adjusted at regular intervals to reposition your teeth into the appropriate position gradually.
  • Ceramic/Clear Braces: Unlike metal braces, ceramic braces include transparent or tooth-colored brackets and wires. They make them less apparent to others.
  • Lingual Braces: Regular braces are attached to the front of the teeth. But lingual braces are affixed to the rear. So, they are nearly unnoticeable from the outside.
  • Self-Ligating Braces: These braces are intended to eliminate friction and pressure during tooth movement, resulting in a quicker and more pleasant treatment. They are further divided into braces that passively self-ligate and braces that actively self-ligate.

2. Removable Braces

Removable braces are a discreet and easy choice for orthodontic treatment. They gently tilt your teeth to straighten them without letting others know. Are you the kind of person who doesn’t want people around you to know you are undergoing orthodontic treatment? Well, in that case, these braces are your go-to solution. This category primarily includes:-
  • Invisalign and Clear Aligners: Invisalign braces are made up of transparent and removable plastic aligners that are almost unnoticeable. They are created using 3-D computer imaging technology, and you may see your virtual treatment plan before you begin. You wear each aligner for roughly two weeks before moving on to the next one, as long as your teeth have shifted into the proper position. They are almost undetectable and may be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing.

3. Functional Braces

These appliances are like superheroes for your jawbone! They can assist you if you need to balance your jaws, enhance face muscle function, and achieve natural facial proportions. Functional braces come in a variety of types, including Bionators, Activators, and more.
After your initial orthodontic evaluation, your orthodontist can propose the most appropriate functional appliances for your specific needs.

Which Type of Braces is Best for You?

All types of braces operate distinctly to gradually adjust the position of your teeth and fix alignment concerns. The best option for you is determined by a variety of criteria, including the severity of your orthodontic problems, your lifestyle, and personal preferences.
During your visit, we can thoroughly examine your requirements and assist you in selecting the best solution for you. Our professional staff is dedicated to improving the appearance and functionality of your smile.
Whether you choose traditional braces, transparent aligners, or functional braces, we take pleasure in offering personalized assistance to make your orthodontic treatment seamless. Prepare to enjoy a brighter and more confident smile with Central Park North Orthodontics!

Frequently Asked Questions

Individuals who use transparent braces typically suffer less discomfort than those who wear regular braces. This is due to the softer material used in transparent braces, which is less abrasive on teeth and gums.
The ideal age for your child to get dental braces is typically between 10 and 14 years old. During this period, the mouth and head are still developing, and the teeth are more adaptable to alignment. It’s important to note that braces are not limited to kids! Many adults wear them to address minor issues and enhance their smiles.
The bulk of brace-related pain or discomfort stems from the pressure necessary for optimal tooth movement. While the wires, brackets, and rubber bands do not cause discomfort, the fitting, tightening, and removal operations may irritate the oral tissues.
Typically, your braces should last between 18 and 24 months. You may see changes in the look of your teeth as early as four weeks after receiving them. But it often takes two to three months for obvious alterations to emerge.
Braces can cost anywhere from $3,000 to more than $10,000. Most dental insurance policies do not cover the expense for adults. However, they may cover kids.
Deciding on the best orthodontic treatment usually involves input from professionals. After examining your case, your orthodontist can guide you on the different options. If you have a preference for a specific type of braces, just let your orthodontist know and ask for their advice.
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Dr. Nimesh Patel

Dr. Patel is an orthodontist and maintains a private practice in Rome, NY. He completed his undergraduate education at the Ohio State University. Then, he earned his Doctorate in Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia. After earning his doctorate, Dr. Patel attended a three-year, dual-degree residency at Columbia University in New York City. Here, he earned his certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics as well as earning a Masters in Oral Biology. During his time off, Dr. Patel likes to stay active by jogging, biking, and hiking.

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