Comparing the types of braces

The most common treatment used to straighten teeth or correct a bad bite is braces. Braces can be prescribed for anyone who has permanent teeth and can be used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances.

There are 2 main types of braces: fixed and removable.

Fixed Braces

Fixed braces must be worn at all times and can only be removed by an orthodontist.

Traditional Braces

  • Conventional braces
    These are the braces that most people think of.  The arch wire is held in place with metal or elastic ties.
  • Self-ligating braces
    Self-ligating braces are more comfortable than conventional braces, straighten teeth faster and with fewer adjustments. In addition, these braces do not require metal or elastic ties.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made from porcelain. They are less noticeable than traditional braces but they are also more expensive and prone to damage.

Lingual Braces

These braces are fitted behind the teeth and are not easily visible.

Removable Braces

Removable braces require a strict regimen to work effectively. They are prescribed when teeth need be moved horizontally.

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