Whether you are a teenager or an adult, it may be time for you to get the orthodontic treatment you need for healthy, straight teeth. If so, you may be surprised to learn of what options you have for braces. Here at Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry, we encourage you to discover what choices are available to you.
Types of Braces
• Ceramic braces perform the same function as metal ones. They have brackets and wires. The main difference is they are tooth-colored and therefore virtually invisible except to people right in front of you. Ceramic may take a bit longer to move your teeth than metal, but it works faster than clear plastic aligners. The ceramic may stain if you take regular coffee, tea, red wine or any food with a dark pigment such as tomato sauce. Ceramic is also slightly more delicate than metal, so you will need to avoid certain hard foods such as nuts or raw carrots that could break a wire.
• Lingual braces also function like traditional metal ones with a big difference. Rather than being applied to the front of your teeth, they are applied to the back. That’s why they are called lingual because they are in the same area as the tongue. They are invisible from the front. Lingual braces may take longer to get used to because your tongue constantly rubs against them. They are also a bit more difficult to keep clean because of their position. Any sets with brackets and wires require careful cleaning every day without fail to avoid tooth decay. You may also need to avoid certain hard foods to prevent breaking a wire or bracket.
• Clear plastic aligners are the most discreet of all the clear braces. They may take a bit longer to achieve the same results, but it may be worth it because no one will know you are wearing them unless you say so. Eating and oral care are not a problem with plastic aligners because you remove them to eat and brush and floss your teeth. You have no dietary restrictions. You have to remove them to eat, so if you are going out and don’t want to be embarrassed by removing your braces it’s not a problem. Since you only need to wear them for 21 – 23 hours a day, you can remove them for special occasions. You will receive 18 – 30 plastic trays that fit over your teeth and gradually move them. By the end of the treatment, your teeth are in the proper position. You change trays every two weeks. With clear plastic aligners, your whole orthodontic program is planned before you start the first tray.
Get In Touch with Us for More Information
To learn more about what options you have for braces, we warmly invite you to reach out and make an appointment with Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry. At our convenient location in Layton, our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be pleased to explain your options and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!