The type of orthodontics braces that is best for someone varies depending on a number of factors. There are three main types available from an orthodontics dentist or orthodontist and each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. The three main types are metal braces, clear ceramic braces and invisible "lingual" braces.
Orthodontics braces are well known for being able to straighten teeth that are either cooked or even crowed. They can even be used to help with a missing tooth. What is not as well known is that all three main types can provide help when a patients' bite or jaw is not aligned properly.
Braces are typically worn for about two years depending on the amount of corrections that need to take place. With all three main types a metal wire or elastic band goes through brackets which are bonded to the teeth. Since the braces are consistently correcting the position of the teeth regularly follow up visits are made to an orthodontics dentist or orthodontist in order for adjustments to be made. This ensures that the teeth are absolutely corrected in the desired fashion so the patient ends up with a straightened smile that lasts a lifetime.
Metal braces are considered to be the traditional type of braces. Quite simply, a metal wire is run through metal brackets that are attached to the teeth. This type works very well.
The major disadvantage with conventional metal braces that causes many people to decide on another type is the fact that they are the most visible type. Those people who believe they may feel somewhat self conscious while wearing metal braces often seriously consider one of the two other main options.
The major advantage to metal braces is that these are the least expensive type to wear. Those people who want to keep the cost down often seriously consider this type.
Ceramic braces are the second main type. These are made from materials that allow them to be close in color to that of the teeth themselves. This makes the brackets that are attached to the teeth much more difficult to see. For this reason ceramic braces are sometimes called clear braces.
The wire or elastic used with clear ceramic brackets can also be in a less noticeable, tooth colored shade.
Clear ceramic brackets are not especially fragile but because of the materials used they are certainly considered more likely to break than metal braces. This should not be a big concern for many people though. Those people involved in contact sports would be the type of people who would need to use extra caution when wearing this type.
Clear ceramic braces are more expensive than metal braces and this may be a concern for some people.
The third main type of braces is lingual braces. This type is bonded to the inside or back side of the teeth instead of on the front side.
Since lingual braces can not be seen seen by others these are referred to as invisible braces. This is the major advantage with the lingual type.
The down side is that invisible lingual braces cost more than the metal or clear ceramic type.
When deciding on braces from an orthodontic dentist or orthodontist consider how visible they will be as well as the cost since these are the main issues people have.
Thanks to the improvements in technology, dental braces can come in many designs that provide you with more options. But as there are plenty of choices, the type of braces you may need to get for yourself is still dependent on your lifestyle, your budget, and the kind of dental treatment you require. Some types may work for you better than others.
Below are some points that can help you distinguish which dental braces suit you best:
- These are made of brackets that are cemented to the teeth. There are also wires that run across the row and in between the brackets.
- Traditional braces can either be made from nickel titanium or stainless steel. They are light and will not corrode when in contact with water. Some traditional braces come in gold plating, but tests show that people can develop allergies with it.
- Traditional braces can be irritating to the mouth as the wires can snag or loosen up, due to it not being secured well. A re-djustment may be needed when this happens. But a quick fix using an orthodontic wax can temporarily help with the irritation.
- Wires have to be adjusted every now and then, which means regular visits to the orthodontist is a must. With each re-adjustment, there will be pain and sorrowness in the gums. This usually goes away after a few days.
- People can develop mouth sores if the braces are not cleaned well, so it is essential to brush around the brackets and avoid food that may be lodged in between it. Flossing should also help.
- The metallic component does not look aesthetically pleasing for some people, which is why others seek alternatives for this type of braces.
Ceramic or Plastic Braces
- This type of braces is usually designed to blend with the teeth's normal color, so that it is less noticeable.
- They work like traditional braces. Only the aesthetics part has been improved.
- Ceramic and plastic braces tend to be more brittle. They also tend to cost more than traditional wires.
- By definition, lingual braces are installed at the back of the teeth, and not to the front side. Here, they really appear "invisible".
- Because the backside is closest to the tongue, it may be very difficult to talk with it. You may need lots of time to get used to the braces. Additionally, you may also cut your tongue often.
- Installation of lingual braces is complicated, although the whole treatment process is shorter than traditional braces.
- This is rather expensive compared to other type of braces.
Of the three types, traditional braces remains to be the best option as the procedure for this is tried and tested. While the rest of the options are really advantageous aesthetically, they still come with a lot of limitation.[Top]
If you dream of having a perfect smile, but the thought of having veneers applied to your teeth makes you wince in pain, you'll be happy to know there is a new, pain-free alternative to help you get a fantastic looking smile. Lumineers are porcelain coverings, made from a patented type of porcelain known as Cerinate, applied directly to your teeth. Unlike porcelain veneers, your dentist can apply these contact lens-thin "smile shapers" to teeth without any grinding or shaving. They can be applied without the use of anesthesia, so no shots are required.
Porcelain veneers, also known as "dental porcelain laminates," are wafer-thin shells that bond to teeth. Most traditional veneers require that your dentist grind down sensitive tooth structure for a good fit. They are permanent, custom-shaped
and require the removal of rough.5 mm of the original tooth to allow space for the new veneer.
Lumineers laminates are thinner (2mm); roughly the thickness of a contact-lens. The original tooth structure need not be shaped for placement and, if desired, Lumineers can be removed. It is claimed that Lumineers resist micro-leakage and micro-cracking more so than traditional porcelain veneers. Unlike other porcelain veneers, you will not need to wear temporary veneers until the Lumineers are created. Lumineers are expected to last just as long as traditional porcelain veneers and typically cost less than traditional dental laminates.
In addition to being made of thin, porous porcelain, both products offer permanent whitening with no staining or discoloration. Both Lumineers and traditional porcelain laminates can strengthen, lengthen and shape your teeth. They can be used to repair minor tooth imperfections, are stain proof, natural in appearance, and highly resilient. This procedure does not hurt, it is fast, and in most cases, affordable.
Lumineers can be a more comfortable and time-saving solution for adults who are considering braces. If your bite problem is not severe, Lumineers will change the shape and alignment of your teeth, making them look straighter and more uniform. They will help restore and strengthen teeth and aid in preventing wear over time.
There may also be some disadvantages to Lumineers. As there is little to no tooth reduction needed for Lumineer porcelain veneers, there is a limit to how much smile correction can be accomplished. This can also lead to bulky appearing and feeling veneers in some cases. Also, if you suffer from bruxism, clenching or grinding of your teeth, veneers can be damaged, chipped or cracked.
Since these are a little thinner than the average veneer, it actually requires even more skill and artistry on the part of the cosmetic dentist and the laboratory. Color management is challenging even with thick porcelain. When it is three-tenths of an inch thick, as these are, it is even more demanding for the laboratory and the cosmetic dentist. The thinness also makes the shape of the teeth trickier. It is a good idea to seek the services of an expert cosmetic dentist, and make sure to view the dentist's previous work with Lumineers. Hue, chroma, translucency, color depth, brightness, and highlights, all need to be handled correctly for you to have a beautiful smile.[Top]