Different Types Of Braces And Their Pros And Cons

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If you are looking for the right type of braces to help straighten your teeth, or your child’s, then there are things you have to consider. Often, there are three major factors that most people bear in mind when choosing the right braces; cost, effectiveness, and their visibility/ invisibility. In other words, most people consider the cost of the braces, their effectiveness as a treatment option, and also whether they are easily visible/noticeable or not. There are various types of braces in the market today, and each has its pros and cons.

Braces are ideal for people who want to enhance their smiles by having their teeth straightened. However, you have to get your priorities right. What’s more important to you; having braces that help you get results faster, or having braces that are almost impossible to notice? Well, whatever the case, you’ll need to weigh and evaluate your options very keenly.

The various types of braces include;


  1. Traditional braces; these are the most common type of braces, made of metal and teeth are connected together with metal wires. Pros; they are very affordable, and super effective at helping you straighten your teeth. Cons; most people shun them due to their visibility; they are easily noticeable.
  2. Ceramic braces; these are made of a special ceramic material that helps a bit discrete look. They are tooth colored and blend in nicely. Pros; less noticeable and very effective. Cons; cost slightly more than the metal ones
  3. Invisalign; Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic material. They are clear and individually made for your teeth. Pros; comfortable, convenient, removable. Cons; easy to lose or damage, not very effective in many cases, and not recommended for little children. You have to remove them when eating.
  4. Lingual braces; Lingual braces are similar to metal braces, but unique in that they get fitted in the back of your teeth. Pros; invisible and hard to notice, and very effective at teeth straightening. Cons; expensive, may affect the speak, and some patients complain that they irritate the tongue.


In light of the above information, the best thing is for you to have a chat with an orthodontist. They are experts when it comes to braces and retainers; a good orthodontist will give you unbiased and impartial advice on the best braces to go for.

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