The Different Types of Braces
The differing styles of braces achieve the same goal of straightening teeth, but they all do so in different ways. The largest differences between the different type of braces are in: the costs, the aesthetic look, how comfortable they are, and whether or not they can be removed during treatment. Treatment with braces of all types require the use of retainers afterward to help the gums and bones adjust to the new position of teeth and to prevent teeth from shifting in the future.
We have provided orthodontics treatment such as Invisalign and braces for over 4 decades at Carson & Carson, DDS. If you’re looking for an experienced dentist to help you in the process of getting braces, then give us a call today (805) 983-0717.
Traditional Metal Braces
Also known as traditional braces, modern metal braces are smaller, lighter, and more comfortable than they ever have been before. These might be the most noticeable type of braces, but are also generally offered at the lowest cost. Traditional braces are composed of stainless steel with metal brackets that are attached to the outward face of each tooth. The brackets are attached to each other through a flexible archwire is held into place on each bracket using elastic rings. The tightness of the archwire is adjusted every few weeks to apply pressure on teeth forcing them to shift into place. This type of braces does limit your choice in diet and can be somewhat painful due to the pressure exerted on teeth.
Ceramic braces are functionally identical to metal braces except they are less visible and slightly more expensive. The materials in ceramic braces are clear and blend in well with the natural color of teeth. These type of braces are great for all individuals who want the affordability of traditional braces, but less noticeable metal brackets and wires. Because they are pearly white, ceramic braces are harder to keep clean and can be stained more easily by certain food types. As with metal braces, your choices in diet are limited with this type of braces.
Damon braces are a popular new type of braces that move teeth using less pressure, are less painful, and offer quicker results than with traditional braces. Rather than using brackets with elastic rubber bands seen in metal braces, the brackets in Damon braces have a sliding mechanism which holds the archwire which causes less overall pressure and pain on teeth. This type of braces offers quicker teeth straightening than seen with metal braces, but is also more expensive on average.
Lingual braces are functionally similar to metal braces except they are placed on the inside surface of teeth rather than the outside. These braces are far less noticeable but are also more expensive and harder to clean when compared to traditional braces. Every visit to the orthodontist also takes longer with lingual braces than it would with metal braces because they are harder to access for adjustment. With lingual braces, the positioning of the brackets can cause difficulty speaking and may damage the tongue.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Invisalign clear aligners and clear correctors are the recommended choice for individuals requiring a minor correction in the positioning of teeth. In this form of treatment, teeth are moved with custom made, translucent aligner trays that are replaced every 1-2 weeks. When compared to metal braces, clear correctors offer a higher quality of life during treatment as they are nearly invisible and can be removed during eating and cleaning. They also do not require much of a change in diet as compared to braces. Depending on the level of treatment needed, Invisalign can straighten teeth up to 50% quicker than normal braces, but also comes at a higher cost averaging close to $3,500.
Affordable Braces available at Carson & Carson, DDS
At Carson & Carson, DDS in Oxnard, California, our dentists have over 45 years of experience providing excellent quality dental care to the residents of Ventura County. Since 1970, we have offered many affordable dental services including orthodontics treatments such as braces and Invisalign. If you’re looking for an expert opinion on which type of braces would be best for you, then give us a call today at Carson & Carson, DDS (805) 983-0717. We offer 24 hour treatment for dental emergencies and accept most types of dental insurance.Request an Appointment