If you have recently received the news that you require braces, you might be wondering about your options. Many people are unaware that they have a range of options. Below is a brief guide to the 3 most common types of braces commonly used by orthodontist to correct the position of teeth.

Metal Braces

Because metal braces are the most commonly used type, it is probably what most people think of when they imagine someone wearing braces. However, being fitted with metal braces no longer means having to have a mouthful of metal. Because of advances in dental technology, modern metal braces are much smaller than they used to be. Metal braces are made using stainless steel, which means they are very strong while also being rust resistant.

Ceramic Braces

Because they are made using white ceramic, which closely matches the colour of your teeth, ceramic braces have the advantage of being far less noticeable compared to braces made of metal. The only thing which makes ceramic braces stand out is the connective metal wire. Ceramic braces are made using polycrystalline alumina, a clear, stain resistant and non-porous material. Although they tend to look better, ceramic braces have the downside of not being as strong as metal braces, which increases the chance they will accidentally break or crack.

Invisible Braces

Invisible braces, which are also know as clear aligners, are the new kids on the block in the world of dentistry. As the name suggest, invisible braces are practically invisible when worn, which makes them very popular with teenagers who are self conscious about their appearance. If you are fitted with invisible braces, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and use this to create a clear dental tray, similar to the ones used during teeth whitening. Your dentist will then use a computer program to create a customised aligner which you can slide over your teeth. The aligner will place pressure on your teeth to straighten them. You may have to repeat this process and be fitted with a new aligner every month or so as your teeth move. Another advantage of invisible braces is that they can be easily removed when you need to brush your teeth or eat food.

If you have any questions about your options when it comes to being fitted with braces you should speak to a dental health professional who will be able to offer help and advice.