The pros and cons of different types of braces

Article by Remarkable Smiles

A straight white smile can improve a person’s confidence and help them excel in school, work, and social settings. Modern orthodontists use several kinds of braces to help patients achieve a beautiful smile. The type of brace that a patient chooses will depend on their particular case, age, and preferences.

Here are the pros and cons of different types of braces:

Traditional metal braces – Traditional braces use brackets and wire to move teeth into position. The benefit of this type of brace is the fact that it is an effective, well-known method that delivers excellent results. However, these braces are noticeable and are not a preferred option for older patients. The metal brackets are also known to hold food particles and can make eating certain foods difficult.

Ceramic braces – Ceramic braces are not as noticeable as traditional metal braces. Although they work the same way as metal braces, they are prone to staining and are more expensive than traditional braces.

Invisalign – Invisalign uses clear plastic trays to align a patient’s teeth. Invisalign is considered the best option for adults and self-conscious teenagers as they are nearly invisible. Additionally, the aligners are removable, allowing the patient to eat and brush their teeth with ease. But Invisalign is expensive and cannot be used for patients with complicated alignment issues. Since the aligners are removable, patients often forget to wear them for the allotted time, extending treatment periods.

Whichever option you choose, investing in your teeth is always a wise choice. Moreover, perfectly aligned teeth are easier to clean and less prone to decay, damage, and gum disease.

Dr. Mark Rashidi and his staff at Remarkable Smiles want to help you improve your smile. He is an Orthodontist in Laguna Hills serving surrounding cities including Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, and Irvine. Dr. Mark is highly experienced in all types of braces including Invisalign, traditional metal braces, and ceramic braces.