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If you have a problem with tooth spacing or you have bite issues, you may need braces. Not too long ago, braces were only made one way. Now, however, you have options. Here is information on the different types of braces and the types of problems they address.

About Braces

All braces, no matter what type they are, have one goal–to fix your smile. You may have issues with tooth spacing, or your issues may be in your bite, but braces can have you smiling before you know it. Braces usually consist of metal wires that attach to metal posts–called brackets. These brackets are cemented on top of your teeth. Braces have been around for a long time. The first braces were created in France in the early 19th century.

Types of Braces

Metal braces, also called traditional braces, are still the most common type of braces used by dentists. They are braces with metal brackets and wires. These braces are used if a patient has severe tooth crowding, or severe malocclusions, which are bite issues.

Ceramic braces are used often with adults who need to wear braces but who don’t want their braces to be as obvious as traditional braces. Instead of metal brackets, the brackets are usually ceramic. Sometimes, the brackets can be made of clear plastic. These braces are less noticeable than traditional braces and use thinner wires with lighter brackets.

Self-ligating braces look much like traditional braces, but the wires instantly adjust. Many dentists recommend these for adults with mild spacing, crowding, or bite issues.

Lingual braces look like traditional braces, but they are placed behind the teeth rather than in front of your teeth. These braces are also used for adults with mild spacing or bite issues. They are more difficult to keep clean because the brackets and wires are harder to reach.

If you are not sure what type of braces you will need, make an appointment with our dentist’s office for recommendations. We want to make sure we get you the treatment plan you deserve.


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