When it comes to treating crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth, you have a few options. One of the most popular options is braces. Many patients prefer braces because they are an effective treatment method. If you’ve been thinking about getting braces to straighten your teeth, but you’re worried about how braces might affect your appearance, then you may want to consider any of the following options.
Metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable than ever before. The metal brackets are bonded to the front of the teeth and connected by a wire, and held in place by small rubber bands. Brackets are customized to fit each patient individually, allowing them to be more comfortable overall. Metal braces are a great choice for patients of all ages who want straighter teeth but don’t want the appearance of bulky brackets. If you’re considering traditional metal braces, our orthodontist in Carlsbad and our team can help you choose the right option for you!
Traditional metal braces are silver in color, but clear ceramic braces are also available. These braces function the same as metal braces, but they are much less noticeable since they are tooth-colored. They are also less prone to staining, so you don’t have to worry about your braces looking dingy or stained. This also means you can take them out whenever you want without having to worry about them getting dirty! This makes them easy to clean and take care of.
Clear ceramic braces work just like metal braces do, and they can also be adjusted to accommodate your changing smile. However, keep in mind that these braces cost more than traditional metal braces because they are harder to manufacture. While they are more expensive up front, they tend to be less expensive over the life of the braces because you won’t need to replace them as often. This means you save money while getting the straighter smile you want.
Unlike metal braces, clear aligners can be removed at any time for any reason. Every two weeks, you change out your aligner until your treatment is complete. Your dentist will provide the aligners and instruct you on how to use them properly. Many patients with busy or changing schedules prefer this flexibility. The removable nature of clear aligners also makes them easy to clean and maintain. You can remove your aligners to brush and floss your teeth normally, as well as eat all your favorite foods and snacks. Conversely, metal braces can trap food in hard-to-reach places around brackets and wires, which can be difficult to clean.
Since the plastic material used is clear, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them! Despite being easy to remove and clean, many adults appreciate the fact that clear aligners are just as sturdy as metal braces and provide the same effective treatment. Some patients also find that these aligners are more comfortable than metal braces because they require a much shorter adjustment period before feeling fully accustomed to them.
If you would like to know more about what the treatment entails and what your options are, give us a call at (760) 804-0080 or schedule an online appointment to visit our dental practice in Carlsbad, CA.