Let's Talk Braces
These are the metal and wire braces that most people identify with the word “braces.” The brackets are much smaller than they used to be and kids can choose colored bands (that hold the wires in place and add pressure to aid in tooth movement) to make them fun and more of an accessory, than just a treatment. They may be the most noticeable, but those colored bands are pretty cool! There are also new wires that are activated by body heat that make teeth move less painfully.
Ceramic braces are exactly like metal braces, with the exception of the material they are made of and the color of the brackets. These are either clear or colored like a natural tooth so that they are less obvious. These may be a good compromise for a teen that needs braces and wants something less noticeable. They may ask for Invisalign®, but these braces move teeth much faster at a lower cost. Excellent dental hygiene is important, because these brackets can stain if not brushed well!
Lingual, or Incognito, Braces
These braces use the same brackets as metal braces, but they are placed on the inside of the teeth. They are imperceptible from the outside, but they may be less comfortable as everything is closer to the tongue. Lingual braces work slower than other braces and can be difficult to clean.