When we think of braces, most times, traditional braces are the first type that come to mind. Many patients are under the false impression that there is only one type of braces and that is metal braces. The truth is, there are four types of braces available and they each differ in terms of appearance and how they function. The components that all braces are comprised of such as brackets, wires, and o-rings are all same. The difference is how the braces are applied to the teeth and where they are applied. If you are looking to receive braces in Saskatoon, it’s advisable to look into each option and how they differ before making any decisions.
What are the Types of Braces Offered?
Four types of braces are available to patients looking to straighten their smiles and improve their oral health. These include:
- Traditional metal braces
- Lingual braces
- Clear or ceramic braces
- Self-ligating or Damon braces
What are Metal Braces?
Metal braces are the original type of braces and are the most widely used. Generally, the components of metal braces (the brackets and wires) are designed from high-grade stainless steel. If you are receiving metal braces, your dentist in Saskatoon will apply the braces to the front of your teeth, which means they will be visible. You will be required to visit a dental clinic in your area every four to six weeks for adjustments. In other words, you can expect to spend time at your dentist’s office if you are addressing your alignment issues with metal braces.
Lingual braces are the same as metal braces in terms of the components they are comprised of—typically they are stainless steel, just like metal braces. The difference is that lingual braces are affixed to the back of your teeth rather than the front of your teeth which makes them virtually impossible for those around you to spot. It is important to note, that lingual braces do require more time to align your teeth and correct orthodontic issues. With that said, they are not a suitable option for patients with severe orthodontic cases.
Clear or Ceramic Braces
This type of braces is the same as metal braces in terms of size and function, but the difference is the appearance. Rather than having stainless steel brackets, the brackets are tooth or enamel coloured to blend with the rest of your smile for more natural-looking treatment. Similar to metal braces, ceramic braces are adhered to the front of your teeth and you will need to visit our dentist in Saskatoon every four to six weeks to have them tightened.
Rather than using elastics to connect the archwires, self-ligating braces use a slide mechanism. This means that they move simultaneously with the natural movement of your teeth rather than having your dentist in Saskatoon tighten them. In terms of appearance, self-ligating braces do not differ from metal braces as they are also made of stainless steel. Completing orthodontic treatment with self-ligating braces actually is slightly more efficient because your teeth can move by themselves without adjustments made by your dentist.
Looking for Braces?
There are many benefits of receiving braces that do not only apply to your appearance. When you straighten your teeth and correct misalignment, your ability to chew will be improved, brushing, cleaning, and flossing your teeth is easier and your risk of cavities and periodontal disease is reduced. Not only that, you now can smile with confidence! To learn what type of braces is best for you, schedule a consultation with your dentist in Saskatoon.