Different Types of Braces

For many people, regardless of age, having braces can be a daunting process. With all of the teeth straightening options on the market, and all of the different types of people who need braces, deciding on what style or approach to take can be confusing and overwhelming. In order to help with that process, Dr. Jacobson has compiled an easily referenced list of options to help relieve some of the turmoil.

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces you have likely seen among your friends, family, and peers. The hardware, composed of metal brackets and archwires, helps to straighten your teeth and is made of high-grade stainless steel. Metal braces also come with the additional option of adding colored rubber bands to add more personality to your smile.

Lingual Braces

These braces are similar to the traditional metal braces option except for the fact that they are placed behind the teeth, rather than on the front. This causes them to be virtually invisible while you go about your daily life. This is an ideal option for models, actresses or actors, musicians who play wind instruments, or business professionals who have regular in-person meetings.

Self Ligating Braces

These braces require fewer follow-up appointments and place less friction on the teeth. This is all due to the fact that, while the hardware is made from the same material as traditional braces, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastic rubber bands. Instead of rubber bands, a specialized clip is used to guide the teeth into place. Additionally, this option can also be paired with ceramic or clear brackets to further minimize the aesthetic impact.

Clear (Ceramic) Braces

For adults who are looking for a less noticeable option, clear braces have a significantly smaller impact on your smile. Since the braces themselves are less visible, the only part that people will notice is the archwire. This method is typically reserved for older teenage and adult patients since they require much more attention to oral hygiene and are significantly more brittle when compared to the metal options.

COMMON QUESTIONS

Will braces have a negative effect on my lifestyle or appearance?

Today, braces come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors that can complement your unique style or appearance.

How long before I can have them removed?

There are three important factors to consider when trying to determine how long you will need to wear braces:

Early Treatment: The sooner Dr. Jacobson can work on the orthodontic issue, the more expedient the resolution will be.
Extent of Correction: The amount of work is a significant variable in how long the treatment will take. Additionally, every patient reacts to treatment differently, which may mean that one patient may need 12 months, while another may need 16 or even 24.
Your Commitment: Taking care of your braces and appliances and making sure to be diligent about follow-up appointments and oral hygiene will all factor into your total treatment time. Make sure you are following all recommendations made by Dr. Jacobson to ensure that you are minimizing the amount of time it takes to give you the smile you have always wanted.

What options are available?

Here is a short list of the available options:

  • Ceramic
  • Invisible
  • Lingual
  • Traditional Metal

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Making a decision is easier when you have all the information you need. Give us a call and lets talk about your options.

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