When you first think of braces, you probably think of traditional metal braces. While these types of braces are still in common use, there are also many other options available to you during your orthodontic treatment. Here’s a summary of the types of braces that are used by modern orthodontists. If you’d like to learn more about any of them, click the link.
Metal braces are still the most common type of braces used. Basically, metal brackets are attached to the teeth with a special adhesive, and wires that are attached to the brackets, often with the help of small colored elastic bands. Their main advantage is cost and efficiency; in general, they’re the least expensive type of orthodontic treatment, but also highly effective.
It’s important to note that not all braces are created equally and at Avenue Orthodontics, we make it a point to use only the finest products available including our metal brackets, wires and elastics. Our top-of-the-line braces are made in the US, have been tested for safety, and meet the highest standards for quality.
If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, then chances are good that you’ve heard of Invisalign. This technology uses a series of clear plastic trays, called aligners, that fit on the outside of the teeth, to straighten teeth. For many, Invisalign is an attractive option, because they’re less noticeable than metal braces and it’s easier to keep teeth clean. The aligners are taken out to clean the teeth, which makes tooth-brushing and flossing easier during orthodontic treatment. However, there are some types of orthodontic problems that can’t be fixed by Invisalign, so it isn’t always right for everyone.
Invisalign is still considered a type of orthodontic appliance, even though braces are not being used to get the job done, which is why it’s recommended to see an orthodontic specialist. Dr. Eleni and Dr. Abraham spent an additional three years (after dental school) to specialize in orthodontics and master the various techniques that can be used to align and perfect your smile. If you’re thinking about Invisalign or just want to learn more about your options, schedule a complimentary consultation at Avenue Orthodontics.
For those who want or need braces but don’t like the look of metal braces, there are two other options. One is clear braces. These are different from Invisalign (although sometimes people refer to Invisalign as “clear braces,” they’re actually two different things). Clear braces are like metal braces in that they use brackets and wires to straighten teeth, but the difference is that the brackets are usually made of tooth-colored ceramic, so they’re less visible against the teeth. While it may sound like a small difference, many people are surprised by how much less obvious clear braces are.
At Avenue Orthodontics, we are completely dedicated to providing you with the best results possible, which is why we don’t cut any corners with the types of braces and materials we use. Not all braces are made the same, especially with the clear/ceramic-type braces. The technology and materials used to assure how clear they look, how long they will last, and how well they move your teeth can drastically affect their appearance, effectiveness, and cost. Dr. Eleni and Dr. Abraham are dedicated to providing their patients the very best, and they use top-of-the-line materials to get those results.
Lingual means tongue; lingual braces are placed on the side of the teeth near the tongue, meaning the back side of the teeth. These type of braces use metal brackets and wires like traditional braces, but because they’re on the back of the teeth, they’re almost completely invisible from the outside. The main disadvantage of lingual braces is that they’re the most expensive type of orthodontic treatment, mainly because it takes more of the orthodontist’s time to work in the space behind the teeth. Some people feel that lingual braces are more difficult to get used to than regular braces because they are close to the tongue.
Which Braces are Right For You?
Which type of braces you end up with depends on your personal choice, as well as what needs you have for your teeth. An orthodontic specialist can help you determine which of the options would be best to help you to achieve that perfect smile you’re hoping for.
At Avenue Orthodontics, we believe that our patients are entitled to have all of the information needed to make the best decisions about their orthodontic care. That’s why we offer a free consultation and initial examination. If you’re in the Whitestone area, come in and meet Dr. Eleni and Dr. Abraham. You’ll feel like you’ve known them for years, and you’ll also get to benefit from their extensive training in some of the top dental and orthodontics programs in the country.