When it comes to orthodontic treatments, there are lots of different options to choose from. Here are the most common types of braces and what situations they best work for:
Metal Braces: Often called "traditional braces", metal braces have two basic components. These are the metal bracket that is applied to the teeth and the bendable metal wire that is threaded through the brackets in order to apply pressure to the teeth and ultimately move them. This is the least expensive version and is often the fastest way of moving teeth to their ideal locations.
Ceramic Braces: Ceramic braces are a very popular alternative to metal braces because the brackets are made out of a ceramic material that is the same color and has the same texture as teeth. Many orthodontists also use wires that are the color of the patient's teeth so they are far less noticeable than metal braces.
Lingual Braces: These braces are on the inside of the bite, instead of on the outside. They can be just as effective as traditionally places braces, whether of metal or ceramic, but they cannot be seen from outside of the mouse. Lingual braces can be very difficult to keep clean, as the wearer cannot see the braces, nor is used to cleaning the area. They can also make it difficult to talk. Like all orthodontic treatments, there is a learning curve for speech and because they take longer and are often more expensive than traditional braces, most patients do not opt for this type of treatment.