What are the different types of braces?

There are a variety of braces to choose from. These are:

  • Fixed metal braces. These are the least expensive and most widely available type. They are generally preferred for their durability; since they do not break easily, individuals do not need to see their orthodontist so often. Metal braces also do not stain, which is a problem with plastic models. Traditional metal braces use metal wire, brackets and elastic bands that come in various colors. The brackets are attached to the teeth using a bonding agent. There are also speed metal braces that involve a type of bracket that locks onto the wire. Speed braces do not use elastic bands and are said to correct teeth problems 40% faster than traditional metal braces. Speed braces, however, cost more and are not yet widely available.
  • Ceramic braces. These braces use ceramic materials (polycrystalline or monocrystalline aluminum oxide) that are strong and resistant to wear and tear. They usually are clear or enamel-colored, making them ideal for patients who want natural-looking braces. However, after considerable use, ceramic braces may become discolored due to strong-colored food or drinks such as wine or coffee. Because they are more expensive than metal braces, orthodontists usually prescribe the use of ceramic braces only on the front teeth.
  • Plastic or clear braces. These braces come as removable plastic trays that hew closely to the shape of the patient’s teeth. Also called aligners,plastic or clear braces appear invisible and are more esthetically appealing than metal braces. Because they are removable, however, the patient has to assume responsibility for keeping them on in order to get the full effect of the treatment. Plastic braces are usually used for moderate misalignment and may not be as effective for complicated orthodontic problems. They are also more expensive than metal or ceramic braces.
  • Lingual braces. Unlike the other types of braces, lingual braces are not visible because they are positioned behind the teeth. Because of their proximity to the tongue, they often affect the way patients talk. Usually made of metal, lingual braces are more expensive than other models.

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