When making decisions about orthodontic care, today you have more choices than ever. There are several types of dental braces now, including traditional, porcelain, and clear braces. Depending upon your preferences and your orthodontist’s recommendation, you can choose the treatment that’s exactly right for you.
Types of Braces
Most people only think of traditional metal braces when they think of orthodontic work. However, there are many options available today so that you can pick one that fits your needs and your lifestyle.
Some of the popular options your orthodontist may mention include:
- Lingual braces. These braces are affixed to the backs of the teeth.
- Porcelain braces. Made of porcelain instead of metal, these are much less visible.
- Clear braces. This orthodontic approach uses clear plastic trays instead of braces.
In some cases, traditional metal braces are still the best option. This is particularly true if your teeth are severely misaligned. If you’re particularly concerned about your looks while you’re undergoing treatment, though, ask about these other available options. Many people who work with the public or whose jobs involve being on camera would prefer less visible orthodontic treatment.
Clear Braces and How They Work
While lingual and porcelain braces work in much the same way as traditional braces, clear braces are somewhat different. Treatment is accomplished with a series of plastic trays custom-made to fit your teeth and move them into place in increments. You’ll wear each tray for about two weeks, then switch to the next one in the sequence. Because the trays are clear plastic, they are almost invisible to observers.
Ask your orthodontist about advantages of this type of treatment. The trays can be removed for short periods if necessary. They’re easy to clean, and you’ll be able to see the transformation of your smile after the first few weeks. Treatment with clear braces lasts about the same amount of time as other orthodontic treatment, and will vary depending upon your treatment goals. If you require orthodontic work, be sure to ask your orthodontist at Creekview Orthodontics about these alternate types of braces.