All About Braces

What’s the difference between metal, ceramic, clear, and lingual braces?

The days of heavy-duty metal braces and headgear are long gone. Advancements in dentistry and orthodontics have resulted in many options when it comes to braces. When it comes to modern orthodontics, you have choices — some so advanced that no one may ever know you are undergoing orthodontic treatment at all!

Metal Braces

The most common choice for orthodontic treatment, today’s metal braces have come a long way from bulky metal brackets, tightly adhered wire, and a “mouth full of metal.” Modern metal braces are far less invasive, much less obvious.

  • Metal braces are going to be the least expensive option, for braces
  • The are the most noticeable form of braces, although colored options are available to make orthodontic treatment a bit more fun
  • They work faster, so that time spent wearing braces is typically less than other options
  • They require more diligent oral hygiene to keep the teeth and mouth clean

Ceramic / Clear Braces

The design, installation, and technique of ceramic braces is the same as with metal braces. The difference is the brackets are ceramic and mimic the color of the teeth or are they are translucent—clear—and can barely be seen. Clear wires may also be an option, to further reduce the visual evidence of the braces.

  • Ceramic or clear braces are less noticeable than metal braces
  • Proven to produce results faster than plastic aligners, such as Invisalign
  • Greater expense compared to metal braces
  • Brackets may stain easily
  • Greater care required to maintain “clear” appearance
  • They require more diligent oral hygiene to keep the teeth and mouth clean

Lingual Braces

While not terribly common, lingual braces are another option to consider. They look and work the same as metal braces; however, they are placed on the inside of the teeth.

  • Completely invisible from exterior observation
  • Being placed on the inside of the teeth, hey can be difficult to keep clean
  • Typically, this is a more expensive course of treatment, due to the rigors of installing the braces
  • They are limited to the corrections that are able to correct
  • There tends to be great initial discomfort, before subsiding
  • Required routine adjustments are tricky and make for lengthy appointments

So, which is the right option for you? At Smilify, our team of skilled orthodontists have years of experience ….