There are three main types of orthodontics area dental professionals have to offer these days. All three of these types of braces an Orthodontist can install and provide help to patients in a number of ways.
The first way orthodontics orthodontists (or orthodontics dentists) provide can help a patient is by providing straighter teeth. This can be done by straightening crooked teeth or even teeth that are crowded together.
The second type of help is provided by helping to correct the position of a poorly aligned bite. A dentist calls this malocclusion.
The third benefit orthodontics braces can provide is by helping to correct a misaligned jaw.
The second and third benefits can provide relief from existing health concerns or they can help avoid rather significant health problems in the future that the patient may not know they are on track to get. It may be very beneficial to visit an orthodontics dentist or orthodontist with experience dealing with these types of problems.
Regardless of the reason to get braces, one of the reasons that cause people to get them is the realization that the benefits will last a lifetime. Each of the three main types of orthodontics professionals installs involves brackets being applied to the teeth. A wire is then run through these brackets. The tension is adjusted by the orthodontics dentist or orthodontist over time until the desired result is achieved, whether that is a straighter set tooth or a correctly aligned bite and jaw.
Traditional Metal Braces Professionals Can Apply
This type has been used for the longest period of time. Quite simply, both the brackets and wires involved are made of metal. The disadvantage to this type is that they are the most visible type of braces. The advantage is that this type can be the least expensive while also providing excellent results.
Clear Natural Braces Professionals Can Install
The traditional approach of brackets being bonded to the teeth and then having wires or bands run through these brackets is still used with this type. The difference is that ceramics are used instead of metal for the brackets. Since the ceramics used can be made to be a clear or tooth color this is why they are referred to as being clear or natural.
The disadvantage here is that the brackets may be larger than metal brackets. And, the brackets are slightly more prone to breaking if hard contact is made with them. The other disadvantage is that they are more expensive than the metal type. The advantage is clear with this type – since they are less visible some people will feel more confident wearing this type.
Invisible Lingual Braces
This type refers to where the orthodontics professionals use are applied to the teeth rather than the type of material used. Quite simply, with this type the braces are applied to the backside of the teeth so they are not outwardly visible to most people. The disadvantage is that they cost a little more than the other two types of braces. The big advantage is that hardly anyone will ever know someone is wearing this type of braces. For those people considering orthodontic braces area dentists are available for an initial consultation.