Choosing braces is a little more complicated than you might think. Although you probably associate the word "braces" with metal wires and brackets, today's choices aren't limited to metal braces alone. Your Landover and Suitland, MD, dentist, Dr. Nekia Staley-Neither of Special Care Dentistry, can help you evaluate your orthodontic options—read below to see an overview!
What types of braces are available?
Orthodontic treatment options include:
- Metal Braces: Metal braces consist of metal wires threaded through brackets attached to the teeth with dental cement. Regular adjustments gradually realign the teeth to improve their appearance. Metal braces close gaps between teeth, eliminate crowding, and correct mild to severe orthodontic bite problems, including overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites.
- Clear Braces: Clear braces are a good choice if you would like your braces to be a little less noticeable. These braces consist of clear or tooth-colored ceramic brackets and clear, metal, or tooth-colored wires. The braces are recommended for mild to moderate orthodontic issues.
- Lingual Braces: Lingual braces attach to the back of teeth, keeping your braces out of sight. The braces are more expensive than metal or clear braces because they're custom made for your mouth.
- Invisalign: The Invisalign system repositions teeth using clear removable aligner trays that resemble mouthguards or nightguards. Trays are worn for approximately 22 hours per day for two weeks, then replaced with the next set in the series. Invisalign is a good choice if you're looking for a more convenient, discreet orthodontic treatment option and have mild to moderate orthodontic issues.
- Retainers: Retainers are worn after you complete your treatment and they prevent your teeth from moving. Removable retainers may be worn constantly for a few months after the completion of treatment, then worn at night only. Permanent retainers, another option, are cemented to your teeth and are never removed.
- Other Orthodontic Appliances: Your Landover or Suitland dentist may also recommend several other appliances during your treatment, such as palatal expanders or lingual arches. Palatal expanders relieve crowding and improve breathing by widening the space in your upper arch. A lingual arch prevents teeth from shifting if you've lost a baby tooth prematurely.
Are you ready to find out which type of braces are right for you? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Nekia Staley-Neither of Special Care Dentistry by calling (301) 850-5015 for the Landover, MD, office or (301) 735-3006 for the Suitland office.