The Difference Between Types of Braces

In the last several years, great strides have been made in the field of orthodontics. There are now many more different styles of braces available. At Dr. Bowman DMD, we pride ourselves on offering a variety of braces options for our patients. Depending on the level and type of orthodontic treatment you need, you might choose from one of the following three options.

Traditional Braces

The traditional braces are the ones most people are familiar with. Traditional braces are made primarily of stainless steel. These types of braces require frequent visits to the orthodontist, spaced approximately six weeks apart between visits. Traditional braces depend on the use of increasingly tightened wiring to close gaps between teeth. This tightening procedure has been described as being slightly uncomfortable for a couple of days after it’s done. In addition, this type of orthodontics sometimes inhibits proper oral brushing for the duration of the treatment and has been blamed for causing cavities in wearers. Traditional braces are considered by many to be less attractive in general and less comfortable than some of the other, more modern types.

Clear Braces

Clear braces are a fairly new innovation in the world of orthodontics. Clear braces are very similar to traditional braces in their structure, in that they incorporate brackets and wiring. However, clear braces are constructed of a clear polymer material, which makes them less visible. Clear braces can still feel bulky and uncomfortable in the mouth, but wearers can feel more confident knowing that the first thing people see is them, and not the braces. Because of this, clear braces are considered ideal braces for kids in Fort Walton Beach.

Invisible Braces

Invisible braces are a bit misleading in their name at first. This type of orthodontic treatment is the newest addition to the family of procedures and has become the most popular in recent years. However, you should know that invisible braces are not entirely invisible, nor are they actually braces. Invisible braces are actually a separate mouth appliance that is not permanently affixed to the teeth. It is removable by the wearer. A clear plastic mouthpiece fits snugly over teeth, covering the entire area, much like a retainer. Over time, this device is intended to straighten crooked teeth.

It is very important to consider all of your options when you are discussing orthodontic procedures with your dentist at Dr. Bowman DMD. If you will be living with your orthodontic hardware for some time, so you should feel as comfortable as possible with your choice. You should not only physically feel comfortable with how the braces feel in your mouth, but you want to also feel confident about how you look in your braces. Give us a call today to find out which option is right for you.