Choosing A Brace For Your Teeth
Braces have never been the most desirable accessory. Many people feel that it would be odd to be wearing them over the age of 16. However, now there are a range of different styles to suit your preferences and some even appear to be invisible.The oldest types of braces are made of stainless steel and can be uncomfortable. This is perhaps the most commonly used type of brace and it has been for quite a few years. While this brace is not particularly aesthetically pleasing, it is a cheap way to bring unruly teeth into line.
Clear and ceramic braces are constructed in much the same way as the stainless steel ones, but they are clear or white. They will not stain your teeth, but may need to be worn longer than steel braces. This form of brace will also cost more, so if you are paying your own orthodontic bill, you may want to get price for both options.
Lingual braces are fitted to the back of your teeth, so this is perfect if you would rather not draw attention to your mouth. However, they can take a bit of getting used to and can cause a slight change in speech until you do.
Beyond that, advanced braces are at the top of anyone’s list. They are like a gum shield but are perfectly moulded to your teeth and you are able to take them out to eat. They are also basically invisible. Those are the pros, so what are the cons? Well, with this type of brace, the expense is by far the biggest drawback. Every time your teeth move, you will need to return to the dentist to have a new mould made, which is not the best if you are counting the cost. Also, this brace is often not suitable if you need major corrections, so it might not even be an option.
At the end of the day, we only have one set of adult teeth, so why not look after them? In terms of which brace we choose to go for, it depends on how much you care about how much you look and how much you can afford to spend, but they all do much the same job. Some are better than others and some are more expensive but seen as being more aesthetically pleasing. Whichever you choose, they won’t be on forever, but your perfect smile will shine on for a long time afterwards.
Sue Hall is writing on behalf of Centre Point Dental.