Fremont Braces - Affordable Braces in Fremont, CA
When you have to choose between the types of braces available you need to be aware of your options.
Whether you need to fix your smile or straighten your teeth, you can learn about each type of braces in this article or by booking a free consultation with us.
Metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, and Invisalign all have their advantages and disadvantages. To make your choice easier we’ll break down the four types of braces, as well as the pros and cons of each.
Patients with metal braces can expect to experience constant pressure on their teeth. In addition to the archwire (which is the metal part of the appliance) there are other accessories that are usually present during the treatment.
For example, ligatures are small, elastic bands that go over the arch wires of brackets and hold them in place.
Depending on the type of orthodontic treatment, patients may also experience tooth sensitivity or a loss of tooth movement.
Patients may also experience occasional loose teeth, but these symptoms will go away after the teeth are straightened.
Patients with misaligned teeth may also experience breathing problems, chewing problems, and even sleep disorders. Other common problems associated with misaligned teeth include infections and chronic dental pain.
Aside from that, patients with metal braces should practice impeccable oral hygiene. It’s important to avoid chewy, hard, or sticky foods, because these types of food can cause the aligners to come loose. This is due to the adhesive cements coming loose if the patient eats these types of food.
Compared to metal braces, ceramic braces are much more comfortable to wear. They don’t irritate the gums or sides of the mouth. You can perform all of the same physical activities as before.
However, ceramic braces are more expensive than metal ones. Because of the higher quality materials used in the ceramic brackets, they can take longer to complete the full alignment. Because of this, you may have to delay sporting or physical activities until your braces have been taken off.
Despite the cost, ceramic braces have several benefits over metal braces. They straighten teeth at the same rate but are less noticeable. While they require more care, they are just as effective.
While traditional braces can be more durable, ceramic braces are generally easier to care for. Ceramic braces are less visible than metal ones, so you’ll face less of a negative impact on your social life and confidence.
Lingual braces are not visible, which means they are the most expensive type of brace. These orthodontic appliances are custom-made to fit a patient’s mouth and teeth.
They are connected by wires, which may require customization to fit the patient’s mouth. In some cases, lingual braces can cause a significant amount of discomfort, including the need for special wax to alleviate any tender spots.
Lingual braces work to correct overbites, underbites, open and deep bites, spacing, and crowding. They can be used in both accelerated and surgical orthodontic treatments.
Your orthodontist will examine your teeth and bone structure to determine if lingual braces are the best option for you. After your orthodontist has ruled out any complications, he will help you choose the best lingual brace for your treatment.
Invisalign, or clear removable aligners, are made for each patient’s unique mouth. The aligners are replaced every two weeks and gently move the teeth into the desired position.
Invisalign aligners are nearly undetectable, so patients are not even aware that they are wearing them. Patients also benefit from improved oral health and function, improved appearance, and increased self-confidence.
Fremont Orthodontics is a certified Invisalign orthodontist so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.
For more information on whether Invisalign is right for you, check our article on Fremont Invisalign or contact us directly for a free consultation.