2 Types of Braces and How They Work

At Orthodontic Specialists, we offer both traditional metal braces and Invisalign. Each type of teeth alignment treatment has its benefits and works differently. Here are two types of braces and how they work for braces for teens:

1. Traditional Metal Braces

One option for aligning your teeth is with traditional braces. The length of treatment for traditional braces varies for each patient due to the complexities of their smile or jaw alignment. Our orthodontist may suggest traditional metal braces over other options if you need a bite adjustment. Here is how mental braces work: 

How Metal Braces Work:

Metal braces can consist of small stainless steel brackets affixed to each tooth. A thin wire then connects them. Our orthodontist adjusts the wire periodically to apply gentle pressure, gradually guiding your teeth into the desired alignment. Some benefits of choosing metal braces include versatility and durability. Metal braces are suitable for a wide range of dental issues. They can help in mild misalignments to more complex cases. Braces also withstand daily wear and tear. This may make them more suitable for active lifestyles.

2. Clear Invisalign

An Invisalign straightening option can be for those who don’t have complex bite or alignment problems. This system helps move your teeth in small increments. Here is how these types of teeth alignment treatments work: 

How Invisalign Work:

Invisalign uses a scan of your teeth to create a customized series of Invisalign. They are clear and removable aligners. Each set is worn for about two weeks as they gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. 

Benefits of Invisalign:

Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and intended for patients who are esthetically minded. This may make them an excellent choice for those wanting a more subtle appearance. Unlike fixed braces, Invisalign allows you to remove the aligners while eating or brushing. This may enhance oral hygiene and provide more dietary freedom.

Your Choice

When making your choice between metal braces or Invisalign, consider the pros and cons of both options. Opt for metal braces if you value a proven track record and affordability. Traditional metal braces have successfully treated countless misalignments of teeth over the years. Metal braces are generally more cost-effective than some alternative options.

Invisalign is another option if you value aesthetics and flexibility. The clear aligners offer a discreet option, particularly suitable for those concerned about appearance or who want a more subtle option. Removing the aligners can provide more freedom in daily activities, including eating and oral care.

Consider Your Lifestyle and Oral Hygiene Habits:

Metal braces might be the sturdier option if you engage in activities that may put braces under strain. For those who often engage in professional engagements, Invisalign’s subtle appearance might be preferable for those in client-facing or public roles.

Braces for Teens

At Orthodontic Specialists, we can help determine which teeth alignment option is best for you or your teen. We consider aspects like lifestyle, bite alignment, and oral hygiene habits. Contact us today to set up an initial consultation.