Has your dentist told you that you need braces? You’ll have a choice between metal, ceramic, and lingual braces. Or Invisalign® if you want to be more discrete.

Which option you go with depends on your needs. Your orthodontist will sit down with you to discuss these options but it helps if you do a little research beforehand. We can assist you with that.

To help you choose the best braces for you, read this guide to find out more about the different types of braces available as well as what you should consider.

 

1. Types of Braces

There are plenty of options available to you. You can go the traditional route with metal ones or if you don’t want them to be seen you can ask your orthodontist about Invisalign®.

There are also ceramic and lingual braces. Each type of comes with their own share of pros and cons.

Metal Braces

Metal ones are the traditional choice. They’re made out of stainless steel and use archwire to straighten your teeth. They’re popular with kids because of the color variety and they cost less than the other options on this list.

They aren’t so popular with adults because everyone can see them. They feel like they aren’t as professional in a work environment. There is also a lot of maintenance that has to go into them and sometimes they demineralize in your mouth which can cause allergies.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are a little bit more popular with adults. They use tooth-colored ceramic instead of metal and the archwire is white. They blend in so nobody will even be able to tell that you’re wearing them.

Ceramic ones use a smaller bracket so they are more comfortable than traditional braces. They come off easy when your treatment is over so it won’t do any damage to your tooth enamel.

These braces do cost a bit more than metal. They call for more dental visits than metal ones and they can be harder to clean.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are another good choice if you’re looking for something more discreet than metal braces. They run along the back of your teeth instead of the front. They work just as well as the outside braces when it comes to aligning your teeth.

The biggest problem with them is that they take a long time to fit because every bracket has to be custom made. Like ceramic braces, you’ll have to go visit your orthodontist more often.

The difference is that these visits take a bit longer when lingual braces are involved. They’re also way harder to clean than traditional braces.

Invisalign®

Invisalign® braces require you to use a series of trays to move your teeth into place. One of the biggest reasons why people chose them is that they are invisible. Nobody can tell that you’re wearing them.

They’re also the most comfortable option available to you. There’s no metal rubbing against your mouth anywhere. You can take them out when you need to so you don’t have to stop enjoying the foods that you love.

You can also keep the same oral hygiene routine that you’ve always had with the added task of keeping your trays clean. The biggest issue with clear aligners is the expense. They are the most costly option available to you.

There is also the fact that you have to wear them unless you’re eating or brushing your teeth. Which, that’s no different than if you were wearing traditional braces. While they are comfortable they can also be painful.

When you go to your orthodontist, you’ll be fitted for a new set. You’ll experience a great deal of painful pressure while your teeth are getting used to the new set. You may have to take a lot of painkillers to be able to deal with it.

 

2. What You Should Be Considering

Now that you’re familiar with your options, it’s time to make your choice. You’ll want to consider aesthetics, your budget, and the severity of your dental issue when you do.

Aesthetics

Aesthetics is the one thing that many patients worry about. You may not want your braces to be seen. If this case lingual, ceramic and Invisalign® are clear choices. Consider for a moment the customization potential of metal braces, however.

Each time you go to the orthodontist to get your braces tightened you’ll be able to choose different color bands. It could be fun to have red and green bands for Christmas or orange ones for Halloween.

Budget

The biggest thing that’s going to decide your option is the price. The most expensive options are Invisalign® and lingual because there is a lot of customization involved and it takes time.

Ceramic braces are cheaper than these other two but due to the materials used they’re not quite as cheap as metal material. Metal ones are your cheapest option.

The Severity of the Issue

Depending on how serious your dental issue is there may be a certain option that’s better for you than the others. You’ve got to use the ones that are going to be the most effective.

 

Finding the Best Braces to Suit Your Needs

Has your dentist told you that you need braces? There are a lot of options available to you. Some are better than others depending on what is best for you in terms of price and aesthetics.

We hope that you’re able to use this guide to find the best braces for you and get the smile that you deserve.

Are you ready to transform your smile? Contact us today to set up an appointment. We can’t wait to see you.