Here at MyDental, we’ve always believed that we’re advisors first and foremost, and dentists second. What we mean by this is that we like to involve our patients in the discussion as to what form of treatment will best suit their needs.
We never foist an opinion on our patients, and believe that there are more than one ways of skinning a cat when it comes to dental treatment.
This attitude on our part means that our patients often drop in for an informal chat before embarking on a major treatment programme, getting the pros and cons of each form of treatment. So for the purpose of today’s blog, we’d like to set out the relative merits of various forms of braces on the market.
Thankfully, this is an area where there has been a great deal of progress in recent times, so there’s a great level of choice out there for patients.
And equally thankfully, the bad old days of seriously heavy metal braces and cumbersome headgear are long gone, so whatever option you choose, you can be sure of a much more comfortable experience all round.
The traditional braces are still with us, of course, and they are still very effective at providing a solution to crooked or overcrowded teeth. The current generation of traditional braces are far less bulky, far less obvious, and far less intrusive. Some even use heat-activated arch wires that make use of the body’s natural heat to reduce pain and improve the overall outcome.
For many patients, however, the sticking point with traditional braces is that they are still the most noticeable format. This is particularly important for our younger patients, who are often very self-conscious in their adolescence and don't want to be seen as ‘different’ to their peers.
Another form of braces is ceramic braces, commonly referred to as clear braces. These are roughly the same size and shape as your traditional braces – but with some important differences. The brackets used try to either replicate the colour of the teeth, or be completely clear. You can even opt for clear wires to further reduce the visual evidence that you're wearing braces.
On the plus side, these can be much less evident than metal braces, while they also get results in a relatively short period of time. On the downside, they are somewhat more expensive than metal braces, and involve a slightly more demanding care regime to keep their clear appearance.
Another form of braces on the market is lingual braces. These look and feel very like traditional metal braces, but they are placed on the inside of the teeth, i.e. the part of the teeth facing the tongue. The big plus, of course, is that they’re completely invisible to the casual observer.
A possible downside, however, is that they’re more difficult to clean, and also don't work as well in severe cases of crookedness or overcrowding. They're also somewhat more expense, and the regular adjustment appointments are longer than you might prefer.
So there you have it. Plenty to choose from if you're looking to consider clear braces or invisible braces. All of them will do an excellent job in their own way, but it’s up to you to decide which will address your own particular needs.
If you'd like to read more on this topic, may we suggest the following helpful article – courtesy of our friends at Oral-B - http://www.oralb.com/embraceit/types-of-braces