Choosing the Right Type of Braces: How to Decide Which Option is Best For You

When delving into the many different options available in orthodontic treatment, it can get pretty overwhelming. Different types of braces have different costs, different maintenance needs, different levels of visibility, and different speeds at which they work. These are the factors which influence which type will be best for you. If you’re swimming in a sea of information and need some help deciding between the different types of braces, we can help!

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces consist of small metal brackets (sometimes colored, sometimes not) connected by wires and adhered to your teeth to gradually adjust and straighten them over a period of time.

Pros

  • Most cost-effective option for many patients
  • Can be personalized with colored bands and brackets (making them appealing for kids)
  • Relatively easy to care for compared to clear braces and lingual braces
  • Can address a wider range of alignment issues

Cons

  • Most noticeable/visible kind of braces
  • More difficult to care for than Invisalign
  • Patient must limit or eliminate certain types of food from their diet throughout the duration of treatment

Ceramic Braces

Clear braces are similar to traditional metal braces in terms of structure, but the primary difference is that the brackets and sometimes even the wires are tooth-colored and made from ceramic instead of metal.

Pros

  • Less noticeable than traditional metal braces
  • Similar treatment length to traditional metal braces
  • Faster treatment time than Invisalign

Cons

  • More expensive than traditional metal braces
  • Harder to care for – special care is needed to prevent the tooth-colored brackets from staining

Clear Plastic Aligners (Invisalign)

Invisalign is best suited for those who don’t require dramatic or complex orthodontic treatment. Every two weeks, patients receive new aligners, which gradually straighten their teeth.

Pros

  • Nearly invisible
  • Removable for meals
  • Patients don’t have to change their diet
  • Easy to care for

Cons

  • More expensive
  • Patients have to remember to put the aligners back into place after meals and to wear them for at least 22 hours per day
  • Addresses only a limited range of orthodontic issues

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces, like traditional metal braces, use brackets and wires to gradually shift teeth into the desired place. However, rather than being placed on the front of teeth, they are placed on the back side.

Pros

  • Very difficult, if not impossible, for others to notice without close examination
  • Faster overall treatment time than Invisalign

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Difficult to clean
  • Cannot address upper teeth, only lower
  • Longer adjustment appointments
  • Cannot address severe cases
  • Many experience discomfort due to the metal on the side of the teeth facing the tongue

How to Decide on the Right Type of Braces for You

Not all types of braces will fit all orthodontic needs, and they don’t all fit every budget. Visit a BB Braces Braces office to talk to our experienced orthodontic experts to determine what types of braces will address your needs and goals. We are conveniently located in AcworthHiramCovingtonMariettaAlpharettaSuwanee, and McDonough, Georgia. We offer a variety of affordable financing options, and we’ll work with you to determine an orthodontic treatment that you, your smile, and your wallet will be happy with. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 770-222-2322 or filling out our online form.