Traditional braces consist of a small bracket that is fastened to the border of each tooth and the molars are accustomed with a band that surrounds the tooth. A benefit is one can eat and drink while wearing the braces, but a difficulty is that one must give up definite foods and eating habits while wearing them, such as gum with sugar and potato chips. Another drawback is they have to be regularly tightened by an orthodontist, which can cause increased discomfort and inconvenience.
Traditional metal wired braces are stainless steel and are occasionally used in arrangement with titanium. Traditional metal braces are the most ordinary type of braces. These braces have a metal bracket with flexible (rubber band) ties holding the wire onto the metal brackets.
The second common type of braces is self-ligating braces that do not need expandable ties. In place of the ties, the wire goes throughout the bracket. Regularly with this type of appliance time is reduced, there is less pain from the force exerted on the teeth, and fewer adjustments are required than with traditional braces.
“Clear” braces serve as an aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces by blending in more with the natural color of the teeth or having a less obvious or concealed appearance. Typically, these brackets are made of ceramic or plastic materials and they are used in a comparable manner to traditional metal brackets.
Gold-plated stainless steel braces are regularly used for patients sensitive to nickel, but may also be selected since some people just prefer the look of gold over the traditional silver-colored braces.
Lingual braces are an ornamental and covert option for individuals who do not like the appearance of typical braces solutions. Custom-made braces are bonded to the back of the teeth making them outwardly invisible.
Titanium braces look like stainless steel braces but are lighter and just as tough. People with allergies to the nickel in steel often prefer titanium braces, but they are pricier than stainless steel orthodontic appliances.
A-braces are a more recent option in the world of dental appliances. In the shape of a capital letter A, A-braces are removable and totally controlled by the user. At the ends of the A’s arms are angled knobbed bits that the user bites down over. The size between the bits is accustomed by turning the crossbar, housed across the arms, exterior of the mouth. This type of orthodontic appliance tends to be less painful, since the pressure is easily managed by the wearer. Though they are not designed or suggested for wearing while sleeping, A-braces can also serve as patient adjusted retainers and palatal expanders.