Traditional metal wired braces
It is made up of stainless-steel and sometimes used in combination with titanium. Traditional metal braces are most common type of braces. These braces have a metal bracket with elastic (rubber band) ties holding he wire on the metal brackets.
The second most common type of braces are self-ligating braces that do not require elastic ties. In this type of braces, treatment time is reduced, there is less pain on teeth, and fewer adjustment are required than the traditional braces.
New heat activated arch wires use patient’s body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than in the past.
Pros: Least expensive Cons: Most noticeable.
Need to avoid certain foods such as gum, potato chips.
They have to be periodically tightened by an orthodontist
A cosmetic alternative to traditional braces, as this type of braces bonded to the back of the teeth.
Pros: Invisible from outside. Cons: Difficult to clean.
Not useful for severe cases.
Can be more uncomfortable.
Regular adjustment take longer and more difficult than traditional braces.
Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth colored or clear brackets.
Pros:Less noticeable than metal braces.
Teeth move faster than clear aligners.
Cons: More expensive than metal braces.
Stains easily if patients don’t care properly.
This type of braces is currently more popular because it provides gentle treatment and requires fewer dental visits.
This are self-ligating and use a slide mechanism instead of elastics to connect the arch wires.
This braces produce faster result because the teeth move on their own without adjustment. This cause less friction and pressure on the teeth, so it’s less painful.
Clear Aligners (invisible braces)
Clear Aligners has been developed especially for treating adults and they allow aligning your teeth in a smooth way – without clasps, screws or brackets. It is advanced and latest technology in orthodontics.
Enhanced smile is not the only benefit from the treatment. Correcting the alignment and bite also facilitates easier brushing and flossing and thereby helps to keep teeth healthy for a long time.