For individuals faced with the prospect of needing orthodontic work done, the next thing that comes to mind is which of the different types of braces will be best for me? Since there are different types of teeth braces, made with different brackets, the types of braces for teeth that will meet your individual needs will vary. If you are tempted to get braces for your teeth online without any specialist intervention, it is important to know that you could be making a mistake. This article is not to replace visiting your orthodontist.
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There are several different types of braces and each of them is designed to accomplish slightly different things. All of them are a balance between cost and aesthetics. For individuals for whom cost is a primary factor and aesthetics is a secondary concern, they may be more drawn to one type of braces versus an individual for whom aesthetics is far more important and the cost is not an issue. So what are some of the different types and the pros and cons with each of them? And, which will be best for you?
Traditional metal braces
Traditional metal braces are, well, traditional. They’re the most common type of braces and are the ones that most people think of when they think of braces in general. Traditional metal braces utilize metal brackets and a metal wire along with rubber rings, which can be colored, to help pull teeth into the proper position. These out of the three major types covered here today are by far the cheapest, costing between $3,000 and $4,000, depending on your individual needs.
Their cost is so low simply because they are easy to work on, the materials are readily available, and since they attach to the front of the teeth it makes it far simpler for your orthodontic office to conduct your treatment. However, the drawback is probably obvious even without seeing them and that is that these are by far the least aesthetically pleasing of all three braces types. This is one of the reasons why they are most common in children for whom aesthetics is a lower priority or for individuals for whom price is the biggest concern.
Ceramic braces utilize different types of brackets, all of which are tooth-colored ceramic. These tooth-colored ceramics come in three primary styles, white, ivory, and porcelain. They’re designed to help match the color of your natural teeth and since they still attach to the front of the teeth providing easy access, they’re only slightly more expensive than traditional braces. They generally run about $1,000 more, give or take.
Since the ceramics are designed to be tooth-colored, they offer a greater degree of aesthetic than traditional metal braces do since they can actually blend in with your teeth. However, some individuals have reported that they do not always maintain their bracket for teeth matching qualities. Sometimes individuals who drink juices, coffees, or other staining agents may find that the ceramic begins to look less like their teeth as their teeth color change or as the ceramic gets stained. However, for individuals who get regular check-ups and do not eat foods that will stain severely, this may be a good balance between cost and aesthetics.
This is the last type of teeth braces we will look at here, and they are by far the best looking of them all. This is because lingual braces are different from ceramic braces and traditional metal braces in that lingual braces are attached to the back of the teeth. Because they attach the back of the teeth,it makes them the most aesthetically pleasing of all three braces types.
Lingual braces are virtually invisible, allowing you to be able to get high-quality orthodontic treatment without anybody having to see it. This can be great for individuals for whom aesthetics is the highest priority as they are by far the best looking because you do not have to look at them at all. However, beauty does come at a price and lingual braces for your teeth are the most expensive of all three types, usually coming in somewhere between $8,000 and $10,000. This makes them roughly three times the price of traditional metal braces. Each bracket for teeth has to be custom made and affixed by a skilled orthodontist so this type of braces is not for everyone.
However, for individuals who happen to have insurance that will cover it or aesthetics is a high priority, this can be a great option for many individuals. This is particularly true for those who are older or work in a setting where they may not want to have the pubescent look of utilizing metal braces or ceramic braces.
So apart from price then, which braces types will be best? This is a question that you have to ask yourself and your orthodontist. It is of great importance that patients make informed decisions about their treatment, and to achieve this, you need to see a trained professional (Alkadhimi A 2020).
The time taken to get the treatment with all three is very similar as all three work to pull the teeth into the correct positions at all times. Unlike retainers or Invisalign, all three are permanently attached, meaning that your treatment will be continuous day and night. Because of this, all three have similar treatment times.
If installation time is more of an issue, and you would rather be in and out of your orthodontic office faster, then traditional metal braces or ceramic braces will definitely be faster than lingual braces. This is because lingual braces are slightly slower to work on and attach because they are affixed to the back of the teeth and are not in a convenient position to work on.
Ultimately, what is best for you will come down to the parts mentioned before, cost, and aesthetics. By talking with your local orthodontic office, you can get a good indicator of what your actual cost threshold or ceiling may be. Many individuals are surprised to learn that either with insurance or a payment plan, they may well be able to utilize lingual braces and not need to have traditional metal braces at all.
Talking with your orthodontic office can help you find out what you are eligible for, and what the cost and treatments may be. Furthermore, this consultation is necessary so you can discuss your teeth braces treatment options and alternatives, including the risks and complications and what you can expect during and at the end of the journey (Alkadhimi A 2020).
First, congratulations on making the choice to get orthodontic treatment. This is huge because it can be challenging to decide what type of orthodontic treatment would be best for you. Finally, you and your orthodontist have decided that you are ready for this journey, and therefore it is time to decide which type of braces suits you and your budget.
Looking at different types of braces is an important process of deciding which type is best for you. Depending on your needs, your choices may be further narrowed. For example, if you are looking for a relatively low-cost option that is also effective, you may want to use traditional metal braces. These are generally the lowest cost option, between $3,000 and $6,000. However, the big disadvantage to this type of braces is that they are highly visible. If you are concerned about aesthetics, you may want to look at other options.
There are many other necessary considerations that your orthodontist will help you with, and this forms part of the exciting journey of deciding which set of braces is right for you. The temptation to simply do an online search can be enticing; however, as mentioned earlier, you want to get the best set that will result in the most beneficial results for you. After all, you will be wearing the braces for at least 12 months and you want to be as comfortable as you can on all fronts.
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