Nowadays braces come in several different types, some of which are a far cry from the traditional ‘metal braces’ of years past. That being said having so many different types of braces can be confusing, and you may not be able to decide which one you should be trying to get.
The first thing you should know is that not all braces are the same, and there are many differences between them both in terms of effectiveness and suitability. To be more specific, there are four factors in particular that you should take into account to decide on the right braces for your teeth:
- Occlusion severity
Arguably the most important factor that you should consider is how severely misaligned or crooked your teeth are. More severe cases will almost always require metal braces to correct, but less severe cases will have a range of other options available as well.
Based on your severity you may be able to guess what your options will be, but you will have to visit an orthodontist to confirm them.
Cleaning traditional metal braces can be difficult, and bits of food always tend to get stuck between the wires. Some other types of braces are much easier to clean however, and may consist of aligners that can be removed when brushing. It is worth noting that lingual braces that are placed behind the teeth are the most difficult to clean.
Assuming you have other options on the table, the main difference between them is in appearance. The braces that are available nowadays range in appearance including those that are partially visible to almost completely invisible.
Although aesthetics may not seem that important, its effect on your self-confidence levels can be considerable if your braces are less conspicuous.
The cost of braces can vary quite a bit depending on the type, but overall traditional metal braces are the least expensive. It is important to consider exactly how much you’ll have to pay for your braces, including any follow-up treatments that may be necessary.
While your insurance may cover the cost of braces in some cases, you should be aware of what limits are in place as you may have to fork out if the cost runs in excess of that. Of course if you don’t have any insurance you’ll have to bear the entire cost yourself, which could be prohibitive.
Based on these factors you may already have a good idea as to the options that are available to you. As you can see traditional metal braces are the most reliable and least expensive, but also the least attractive in terms of appearance.
When you visit Sutton orthodontics you should ask what options are recommended in your case, and also how much they’ll cost. That should give you the information that you need to make an informed decision, and get the type of braces that are most suitable depending on the specifics of your situation.