Post by: / December 30, 2015

The Different Types of Braces

Many teens and even some adults choose to wear braces to help resolve bite issues and improve alignment of their teeth. The type of braces that are right for you will depend a lot on how much of an adjustment you need and your personal preference.

Brands like Invisalign and ClearCorrect are very popular with adults looking for minor adjustments to their smile. The braces are actually made from clear durable plastic aligner trays. You will need to wear the aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours each day. Every two weeks you will switch to a new set of aligners that gradually adjust your teeth. Most people achieve their alignment goals in six to eight weeks.

Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires that are secured to your teeth by an adhesive resin. Ceramic braces are just like traditional braces, except they are coated with a ceramic material that’s color matched to your teeth. Ceramic braces do not stain like the natural enamel of your teeth, so you will have to be mindful of staining foods and drinks.

Lingual braces are essentially traditional braces that are attached to the back of your teeth. Some people complain that lingual braces are hard to clean. Interdental brushes, dental water jets and floss threaders are handy tools for cleaning lingual braces.

If you have questions about what bite adjustment options are right for you, please call us at 512-270-0030 to schedule an appointment or schedule online.